By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Charity begins at home so says a popular axiom. The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris Kpotun Wednesday in Minna, Niger, his home state, launched the new national awareness drive to educate citizens on bail at all Police stations.
The Inspector General Nigeria of Police launched the ‘Bail is Free’ campaign which is aimed at ending prison congestion and stop the sharp practices amongst some Police personell who often insist on payment before bail is granted to any suspect at the counter or in Police cells.
The Inspector General of Police, (IGP), Ibrahim Kpotun Idris said at the ‘B’ Division, Paikoro Police Station in Minna, the venue of the launch of the awareness campaign that the awareness was not only for the benefits of Nigerians but that the awareness was in furtherance of and demonstration of the IG’s resolve to ensuring zero tolerance for corruption in the Nigeria Police Force.
As part of the steps towards repositioning the Nigeria Police Force to make it more responsive and play by the rules and in accordance with best global practices, the Police Boss said the Police must be brought to act humane, civil and be public oriented.
Though the IGP was represented by the Force PRO, Chief Supritendent of Police, Moshood Jimoh, the message was nonetheless sound and clear.
The IGP disclosed that the Nigeria Police has embarked on aggressive re-orientation among Nigerians on a new brand policing to create a better image and rating of the Police in the minds and eyes of all citizens.
In his message read by the Force’s image maker, the IGP said, “in furtherance of the above objectives, the IGP and his Management Team have embarked on aggressive community and people oriented engagements to bring the Nigeria Police Force closer to the people so as to ensure effective service delivery to all Nigerians”.
The ‘Bail is Free’ campaign is to enlighten citizens and other stakeholders on the new creed of the NPF which is to be launched across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The IGP said the drive for ethical conducts amongst the Police service men will include all segments of the Nigerian society who are expected to report any defaulting Police personel to the nearest command for disciplinary action.
At hand to represent the Niger state Governor at the launch was the Director General in charge of Nomadic Affairs to the Governor, Ardo Adamu Abdullahi Babayo.
He commended the authorities of the Nigeria Police Force for the initiative which he noted would further bridge the gap between the public and members of the Police Force.
The representative of the Governor said the bail is free campaign will bring an end all such corrupt practices associated with obtaining a bail from the Police and free it from bad imaging.
He commended the state Police Commissioner, Austin Agbonlahor for drawing the attention of the IGP to the situation in Niger state said for a better change.
“From today, we know that bail is free because the campaign is kick started here. We thank the IGP for starting the campaign here in his state. It will bring peace between the Police and Fulani people in Niger state” he said.