Tuesday 17th October, 2017
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Police bail is free - Imo PPRO

Police bail is free - Imo PPRO

Following series of complains of ex-tor­tion by suspects in police net in the name of demanding payment for bail by police officers in various police stations in Imo state and its environ, the state PPRO, DSP An­drew En-werem, has reit­erated the security agen­cy’s constitutional stand that bail is free.

Enwerem disclosed this on Thursday to newsmen while ad-dressing them on the state of security activities in the state.

He expressed dismay that some sus-pects and their sureties have been ex-torted by deviant po­lice officers even though it is boldly written on the bail bond and police front desk counters that bail is free.

The PPRO advised the general public to always report to senior police of-ficers whenever any policeman de-mands for money for bail or as a pre-condition for the re­lease of a suspect.

Enwerem disclosed that in recent past, most of the police officers dis-covered to have de­manded money from sus­pects have been detained and court marshaled, noting that ex-tortion as ethically wrong.

He, however, blamed most of the vic-tims of extortion for lack of pa­tience especially Igbos whom he said are of-ten in a hurry when it comes to police matters unlike other ethnic groups that most often police will be beg-ging them to find sureties to bail them even without any monetary at-tachment.

The PPRO also said that for the past three weeks the state has en­joyed peace due to pro­active measures of foiling crimes by the State Com­mis-sioner of Police, Mr Chris Ejike.