The Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police, CP Awosola Awotinde, has directed the immediate release of all suspects in the command’s custody who were detained for bailable offenses.
The Police Commissioner said that the directive was part of the command’s measure to check the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the state.
A statement signed by the command’s spokesperson, DSP Loveth Odah in Abakaliki, stated that the command also ordered that forthwith any form of unwarranted arrest and detention of suspects in Police Cells within the command is no longer allowed.
The release stated that suspects arrested for serious offences such as murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, rape/defilement and others capital offences, must be thoroughly screened before taken into Police custody to avoid the spread of the virus.
The release reads; “Corona virus (otherwise known as COVID-19) has been a pandemic disease ravaging the globe since its outbreak.
“As a measure to control its spread in Nigeria, the Federal and various State Governments, including Ebonyi State Government, have imposed social restriction orders, while the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu NPM, mni, has ordered the strict enforcement of such legitimate orders given by various levels of Government and warned against the unnecessary arrest and detention of suspects.
” In light of the above, the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Command, CP Awosola Awotinde, while admonishing the good people of Ebonyi State to willingly adhere to the legitimate orders and measures aimed at controlling the spread of the virus in the State.
“The CP has also directed all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Tactical/Operational Units of the Command to ensure the strict enforcement of the social restriction orders and other legitimate directives from the Federal and Ebonyi State Governments”.