Police say it is okay to search officers before they search you

Police say it is okay to search officers before they search you

According to the police high command, before an officer searches your house or car, it’s perfectly okay to search them first.

 

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) says it is pretty legal to search a police officer before the officer proceeds to search your house or car.

“If an officer wants to search you in your house/ car, he must first surrender himself for searching. This is the procedure. Ask politely”, the police force tweeted on its handle.

Nigeria Police Force

@PoliceNG

If an officer wants to search you in your house/ car, he must first surrender himself for searching. This is the procedure. Ask politely.

Nigerians have been citing instances of police officers seizing their phones or laptops on street corners and dark alleys, instructing that the phone be unlocked and skimming through the device for something near incriminating.

However, the police high command has announced that any officer who does this is way out of line.

Nigeria Police Force

@PoliceNG

It is not ideal for Officers to search your phones without a complaint. It is not professional. Officers have been lectured not to unnecessarily search people’s phones without any case or complaint against the person. https://twitter.com/SantosTHEBOSS/status/997144812208914432 

“It is not ideal for Officers to search your phones without a complaint. It is not professional. Officers have been lectured not to unnecessarily search people’s phones without any case or complaint against the person”, the police shared in another tweet.

SARS extortion

The police engagement on social media with the hashtag #AskThePolice comes after Twitter user Adegoke Ifeoluwa reported that operatives of the Police Special Ant-Robbery Squad (SARS) extorted her while she was out on a video shoot.

“With my encounter today, it’s safe to say SARS are armed robbers. Was going for a shoot in Ikorodu today and armed members of SARS pulled us over and made us pay for no reason. Threatening they were gonna waste our lives. I made a transfer so they can be traced”, Ifeoluwa tweeted.

Princess Ife❤️@ife_luv12

With my encounter today, it’s safe to say SARS are armed rubbers. Was going for a shoot in Ikorodu today & armed members of SARS pulled us over & made us pay for no reason. Threatening they were gon waste our lives. I made a transfer so they can be traced. @YomiShogunle

Moments later, the police announced that the erring officer had been arrested and was now in police custody.

“I am glad to inform you that account owner has been identified – Inspector Charles Omotosho, FSARS Ikorodu, Lagos. He is under custody, preliminary investigation ongoing. PCRRU will inform you on next line of action. Sorry for the experience”, Abayomi Shogunle, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, tweeted.

Abayomi Shogunle

@YomiShogunle

My Dearest @ife_luv12,
I am glad to inform you that account owner has been identified – Inspector Charles Omotosho, FSARS Ikorodu, Lagos.
He is under custody, preliminary investigation ongoing.
PCRRU will inform you on next line of action.
Sorry for the experience. https://twitter.com/ife_luv12/status/996830317179744262 

Nigerians often say their police force ranks amongst the most corrupt and brutal in the world; amid claims of extortion, profiling, harassment, bribe seeking and extra-judicial killings from often inebriated cops.

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