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.