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Consumer Rights: Nigeria Police warn officers against ‘checking phones on the road’

*CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police, assures the populace the Force operates based on laws, and the authorities will continue to take necessary disciplinary actions against errant officers

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Nigeria Police authorities have restated that their personnel have no right whatsoever to check the people’s phones arbitrarily while on the road.

ConsumerConnect reports CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), again said this Tuesday, August 23, 2022, while featuring on Sunrise Daily, a Channels TV programme monitored in Lagos.

CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer    

Adejobi urged the Officers and Men of the Nigeria Police to “stop checking phones on the road.

“You can’t check somebody’s phone. It is his personal property. You cannot do it.”

The FPRO also acknowledged the fact that several Nigerians have repeatedly accused policemen of doing this unacceptable activity while on the road.

He also commented on the activities of the Police, especially in regard to recent disciplinary actions taken against some erring policemen for assaulting innocent Nigerians, among other issues.

Asked if the Police are taking steps to prevent more Policemen from violating the rights of Nigerians, Adejobi stated that efforts are being intensified to stop the menace.

“In the Police, we have those who are deviants. There is no policeman who doesn’t know that you must not dress improperly, you must not smoke while on duty, you must not slap the Nigerian, you must not use cutlass to flog.

“There is no Nigerian police personnel who will tell me today that they are not aware because, in the training school, it’s part of our manual: they must have taught you all these things,” said he.

Adejobi further stressed that the Nigeria Police operate based on laws, and the authorities would continue to take necessary disciplinary actions against errant officers.

The Police PRO said: “So, if a policeman has done something wrong, every offence — disciplinary offence or criminal offence — has its punishment. If it is reduction in rank, we give it to you; if it is dismissal, we give to you; if it is severe reprimand, we give to you….

“But it is clear, how can a policeman stand on the road and be collecting money? It is not a disciplinary offence, it is a criminal offence. Corruption is a criminal offence. If you flog somebody, you assault somebody, it is a criminal offence.”

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