No More Detention Of Suspects Beyond 24 Hours Allowed By Law- IGP

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Yemisi Izuora 

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris has said that it is unlawful to keep suspects behind bars beyond stipulated period allowed by law.

He therefore warned his personnel to guide against detaining or keeping any suspect in police custody  beyond  the specification of the law which is forty eight hours.

According to him, any police personnel involved in such illegal detention has breached the right of such suspect.

The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr Bolaji Fafowora made  the position of the Inspector General known in Ilorin, the state capital while answering questions from newsmen.

Mr Fafowora said any police involved in such unlawful detention and the police authority is sued, the salary and the gratuity of such officer would be used to pay the garnishee order.

Though, the police commissioner disclosed that the police authority would first pay such fine to avoid embarrassment, and later such money would be deducted from the gratuity of the indicted officer.

According to him, the police hierarchy does not want to be involved in any  issue involving  human right laws pr  anyform of abuses.

Mr Fafowora also disclosed that the Inspector General of police has further directed that all hospitals that receive cases of patients with  gunshot,  including armed robbery suspects, they should first be treated but advised the hospital authorities to report such matter to the nearest police station for further investigation to ascertain the gun shot injury.

The police boss said a bill to that effect is before the National Assembly and immediately it is passed into law,  the matter would be a thing of the past.

He therefore appealed to all officers and men of the command to follow strictly all laws and order guiding them in the discharge of their legitimate duties so as not to fall foul of the law.

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