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Retired Police AIG speaks on legality of Police parading criminal suspects

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Retired Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Yaro Abutu has said “There is no law that compels police to parade” criminal suspects.

He made the statement in an interview with Constance Iroele-Mega on Nigeria Info FM, in which he also spoke about other aspects of policing in Nigeria.

Abutu's statement comes at a time when there is growing public debate about the police's practice of parading suspects before the media. Also, there have been recent calls for the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, CP Nwonyi Emeka, to name and show the picture of the dismissed officer who shot and killed a father of three, Alafuro Peterside in Rivers State.

In the interview, Abutu also said police investigations are not "media hype." He also spoke about naming erring police officers, acknowledging that this can be difficult to do in practice, due to “statehood and citizenship” conditions.

Looking to the future, Abutu said he believes that Nigeria will see a "different and better" policing strategy by 2075.

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