Security stakeholders call for adequate funding of police operations

Some security stakeholders in Lagos on Wednesday said the Nigeria Police Force would stop collecting money for granting bail to suspects if the force could be adequately  funded by the government.

The stakeholders disclosed this at  a one-day Civil Society Organisation/Media interaction on bail process at different police stations and the citizens’ rights to bail.

The interaction was organised by  an NGO, the Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC) in collaboration with the Nigerian Policing Programme (NPP).

According to the stakeholders, the collection of money for bail at police formations such as the area commands and divisions is attributable to lack of monthly allocations, stressing that the system fuels such corruption.


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Mr Ikechukwu Nwanguma,  the Executive Director of RULAAC, said that many people had often  complained  about police demanding money before granting suspects bail while the officers complained of lack of funding by the government as well.

Nwanguma said that the interaction  was aimed at raising public awareness on  the rights of citizens and  the bail process at police formations considering the powers and the duties of the police under the law.

He said  granting of bail ought to be free at  any police formation, but added that paucity of fund to carry out operational duties by the area commands, and the divisional police stations, was making corruption to thrive within the force.

“If we don’t address the root cause of corruption, which includes funding, welfare and equipping the force, the concept ‘bail is free’ may only be a cliche.

‘You don’t expect DPOs, Area Commanders to use their salaries to run their stations.

“Members of the public should understand the challenges of the police and  help them to carry out their obligations in any way possible.

“The police must also tell the public their challenges,” he said.

Similarly, Mr Malachy Ugwummadu, President, Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), said that the police might be under funded, yet that should not  give them  the licence to collect money for bail as the law of the land  had stipulated that bail is free.  (NAN)

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