The acting Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has said he will eradicate bribery and corruption within the force before he ends his tenure.
Speaking with WESTERN POST over the telephone after a meeting with stakeholders in Abuja, Arase called on Nigerians to partner with the police in order to fight criminality to its barest minimum.
“The stakeholders need to join hands of fellowship with the police force for us to build a viable police that the nation will be proud of”.
Arase further restated that police roadblock is still completely banned in the country to checkmate corruption among its officers and men, who use the opportunity to harass innocent citizens.
He added that he would leave a legacy of vibrant a police force behind at the expiration of his tenure by washing away corrupt officers in the force.
He emphasized that bail forms are still free of charge and citizens should not pay for them.
According to him, “I had dreamt of building a vibrant force that would take security of Nigerians as topmost priority.
“We came on board just three weeks ago with heavy responsibility of security challenges with the just-concluded general election confronting the nation, which we are on top of now. Many terrorists, rapists and kidnappers have being arrested,” he said.
Arase also blamed Nigerians for shielding corrupt government officials by not supplying the police adequate information to prosecute them.
“The problem we have in this country is that those corrupt officers are among us, some of us go to them and beg for stolen money, which make the people to be covering them by not given information that will lead to their persecution. Even our religious leaders are not helping in fighting corruption because they harbour the criminals, who fellowship with them,” he said.