Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has cautioned top police officers against any form of misconduct in handling of criminal cases.
He urged them not to compromise, but be diligent in handling criminal cases.
Idris, according to the Force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, issued the warning while addressing deputy inspector generals of police, assistant inspector generals of police and state police commissioners at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
The Police Force, he reminded them is the most visible arm of the justice and must use the powers at their disposal prudently.
“I expect the highest standard from you. Don’t let anybody buy your conscience. Hold your own, I want you to be very professional,” the IG charged them.
He tasked them to guard against illegal investigations of cases, prolonged and unlawful detention of suspects as well as collection of money to release suspects on bail.
The Inspector General warned that any police officer caught collecting money for bail will be dismissed.
“As you are all aware, bail is free. Always sensitise officers and men in your commands on this because anyone caught violating this act will be dismissed from service.
“The law as we know is blind. We represent the most visible arm of justice and we must use that power prudently.
”We must embrace change as the only permanent fixture in life.
“I expect the highest standard from you. Don’t let anybody buy your conscience but hold on to the ethics. I want you to be very professional,” he said.
The Presidency, according to the IG is ready to re-position the force, but asked police officers to work hard to change the negative perception of members of the public about the Police.