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Police decongest cells over Coronavirus in Akwa Ibom

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Warn against frivolous arrests, urge diligent prosecution
As the fear of the Coronavirus spreads across the federation, the Akwa Ibom State Police Command has ordered the immediate release of suspects whose cases are bailable.

The directive by CP Imohimi Edgal was contained in a statement issued yesterday by the command’s spokesman, N-Nudam K. Fredrick, in Uyo.

The document urged diligent investigation and timely prosecution of suspects.

Edgal enjoined area commanders, divisional police officers (DPOs) and tactical commanders to shun frivolous arrests, detention of suspects and observe personal safety measures while enforcing the social restriction orders of the state and federal
governments.

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The statement read in part: “The Akwa Ibom State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that the command, in compliance with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, which is in line with the guidelines and directives issued by both the federal and Akwa Ibom State governments in order to contain the spread of COVID-19, has commenced the enforcement of the social restriction orders.

“To this end, the Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State, CP Imohimi Edgal, has directed all officers to observe personal safety measures, while Area Commanders, DPOs and Tactical Commanders are to avoid unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects. “In the same vein, he ordered the immediate release on bail of suspects whose cases are bailable. The Commissioner of Police further cautioned officers that
suspects involved in very serious/capital offences must be screened before detention and charged to court as quickly as possible.

“Similarly, the Commissioner of Police enjoined the good people of Akwa Ibom State to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices, and minimise official visits, except when the visit is absolutely necessary. To ensure a better service delivery, he urged the people resident in the state to contact the Area commanders, DPOs, Tactical Commanders and the Control Room.”

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