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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SEARCH A POLICEMAN BEFORE HE SEARCHES YOU — IGP


The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammad Abubakar Adamu has said an individual has a right to search a police officer before he searches you In order to be sure there was nothing to implicate you. 

This statement was made on Monday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba on a topic titled, (Part 2) Tips For Safe And Cordial Conduct During An Arrest.'


He also said that you have the right to demand for search warrant before allowing an officer to go in and search your house or properties. 

Again, it's your right to know why you are being arrested and where you are being taken to.

You are not expected to interfere in the arrest of a third party. 

He also said that you never resist arrest, even if it looks unjustified.

“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).” he stated.

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