Prince Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Public Relations Officer of the Abuja Police Command said that the Nigerian Police Force remains committed to identifying and addressing any police officers who tarnish the image and reputation of the force.
He implored the public to recognize what is morally right and steadfastly support it. He said that the public plays a crucial role in identifying police officers who deviate from the Nigerian Police Force’s core vision and mission.
He said, “It’s funny that when we advise people against some misdeeds and unacceptable practices or “norms,” they argue with us. How do we move forward?”
Prince Olumuyiwa also inquired about the source of funds for a student who reportedly paid a police officer a sum of N1 million as a “bailout.” He emphasized the need to investigate both the officer and the student in this matter.
“Someone who claims to be a student paying 1m naira to the “police” for his release. In the first instance, what offence has he committed? Why did he pay such a huge amount? Questions are to be asked” He added.
He further stated that the majority of crimes committed by the police should not be attributed to the police only, noting that the officer and offender are equally guilty in some stance.
He said, “It’s confusing. It takes 2 to tango. The giver and taker are both criminals and liable under the law. We need to understand how to tackle this menace collectively and have a better system”
Regarding the matter of bailout fees, Olumuyiwa has instructed Nigerians that such fees should be provided free of charge, and any police officer demanding money for them is engaging in criminal behaviour.
He also noted that some individuals representing offenders in bailout negotiations may be colluding with the police to extort money from them.