The Nigerian Police Force took to its twitter handle to charge Nigerians to demand politely to search any Police officer before being searched. Reason according to them is to help allay fears that someone may be trying to plant incriminating items on innocents civilians.
This new development comes as a result of mass outcry against the NPF as many citizens have taken to social media to share their grievance about how the NPF have mistreated them.
However, spokesperson of the Nigerian Police force took to his social page to explain further about the new development so citizens be guided.
Read his statement below.
“You may politely request that the officer be searched before searching you. Often times, this helps to allay fears that someone may be trying to plant incriminating items on you or implicate you in any other way.
Demand to see the warrant of arrest where necessary (note, however, that not all invitation/arrest requires a warrant). As a matter of fact, under our laws, the Police have wide powers to arrest without warrant in many circumstances.
Politely request that the officers allow you inform a trusted friend or a family member or a lawyer soon after your arrest in order to avoid unnecessary apprehension as to your whereabouts or safety. If the arrest requires the officer to conduct a search on you, demand to see the Search Warrant and comply with all legitimate instruction during the search (note that there are a lot of instances where a policeman can search you with or without warrant)”.