Search that officer before he searches you – Police tell Nigerians

The Nigeria Police have advised Nigerians to ask for search warrants from officers and ensure they are searched first before allowing them to search their homes or cars.

This was contained in the tips on how to relate with officers on duty published, Monday, on its Twitter handle, @PoliceNG.  

The police also advised Nigerians not to resist arrest even if they believe that it was illegal and uncalled for.

Below are the tips on how to relate with officers during arrest, search even at the checkpoints:

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

2. 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 a warrant)” the police added.

3. On a lighter note, but also seriously speaking, every encounter with the police, including an arrest/invitation scenario is an opportunity to learn more about the Police, the security community, your rights and privileges & make friends with them. Please make effective use of it!

4. 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.

5. You should immediately make full disclosures. 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.

6. Always let the officers know your health challenge (if any) after arrest. This is important in case you may need immediate medical attention, particularly asthmatic patients, persons with history of epilepsy, high blood pressure, diabetes especially those on insulin etc.

7. Politely demand to know the reason for your arrest. It is your right to know. Also, where the officers have not disclosed their identity, courteously request their identity and where they came from, or the office where they work.

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