The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, on Tuesday appealed to the general public to desist from giving police officials bribe.
Mr. Arase made the appeal while fielding questions from journalists during a meeting with senior officers on the issue of whether or not, bail was free.
“We have a zero tolerance for payment of money to free suspect. I am appealing to members of the public, not to corrupt my men. It takes two to tango. If they ask you for bribe and you refuse to give, and you have avenues where your grievances can be ventilated, I do not see any reason why you should give them bribe.
“The Commissioner of Police is there; the Area Commander is there; the DPO is there; and the technical platform (to report corrupt policemen) is there. We have opened ourselves to public accountability. So, you cannot now say the whole problem should be blamed on the police force’’, he said.
Earlier, the I-G had announced that two suspected kingpins responsible for the spate of the kidnappings in Ekiti state, had been arrested on Tuesday morning.
He also said that cultists operating in Edo State had been dislodged, with the arrest and transfer to Abuja, of 11 suspects believed to be their leaders in the state.
Mr. Arase, however, described Kogi, Rivers and Benue as problematic states in terms of crime, and promised to deploy personnel to those states in 48 hours to tackle the problem.
He threatened to sanction any commissioner who allowed security situation to get out of hand and caused embarrassment to the nation before reporting it for intervention.