IGP warns policemen against unnecessary detention of suspects


The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mr Solomon Arase, has cautioned policemen against unnecessary detention of suspects. Arase gave the warning on Wednesday while addressing officers and men of the Gombe Police Command. Arase said suspects should not be detained without sufficient evidence to back the detention. “I am against keeping people in custody, unless you have sufficient evidence against them. “That is why, those of you who were in training now were being taught intelligence base policing. “That your investigation must be intelligence- driven, must be evidential, you must have sufficient evidence before you will invite somebody to the station. “The issue of keeping people long in the cell before you start looking for evidence is no longer accepted. We are facing challenges, the money we use in settling human rights abuses is supposed to be channelled to your own welfare.” The police boss explained that the custody approach of policing was not the right approach, “except on cases where you know you do not have the competence to release people on bail, and is not suppose to be monetised.”

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