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Police Chief: Please don’t let officers search your phone without court warrant

Nigerians should not allow police officials to inspect their phones at checkpoints without a court warrant, according to Deputy Commissioner of Police Bassey Ewah.

“No policeman can ask for your phone unless there is a warrant. Unless you are being investigated as a person,” Mr Ewah said.

Nonetheless, Mr Ewah, who spoke at a police community relations program in Lagos state, stated that the only time an officer is asked to inspect a person’s phone is if the person is being investigated.

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“I stand corrected; please do not handover your phones to any police officer that stops you at the checkpoint,” he said again. “It’s not our timetable,” says the narrator. If we’re looking into something, we’ll get a warrant and then demand your phone. Please keep this in mind,” he said.

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In October 2020, former Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu issued an order prohibiting police officers from indiscriminately inspecting mobile phones and laptop computers.

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The ban came in the wake of several complaints of extortion and harassment made by Nigerian youths.

Despite the ban, operatives continue to barge in on Nigerian youth indiscriminately, seizing their phones to assess their account balances and communication with a view to extorting them.

People who resist such invasion have suffered incrimination, illegal detention, harassment, brutality or in dire cases, extrajudicial killing.

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