The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha have condemned the practice of requesting money for bail by police officers from innocent Nigerians.
According Daily Post Post, The Secretary to the Government of the Federation pointed this out on Thursday at a round table to validate the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) study on mapping the process of obtaining bail at the Nigeria police station.
Naija News confirmed that Mustapha, who was represented By the permanent Secretary in his office, Mr. Olusegun Adekunle, stated that the Government is making the necessary effort in ensuring that at least one standard forensic laboratory is established in each Geo-political zone in the country to enhance police investigation capacity and also establish database in all police formations to track detainees in their custody.
“It is wrong for officers of the Nigeria Police Force to request money for bail from innocent Nigerians. It is equally important to point out that the concept of bail is largely misunderstood in Nigeria.
“This is because a lot of Nigerians believe that once an accused person who is being tried or investigated for an offence is released on bail, this automatically signifies the end of the matter.” Mr. Olusegun Said
The SGF stated further that the government would in no time improve the bail process in the police stations in the country, through the through the Inspector General of Police (IG) relaunched the ‘Bail is Free Campaign’ across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Naija News recently reported that the SGF said that a New National Minimum wage would be announced by September.