Nigeria Police Force Urges Citizens to Report Phone Searches by Officers

Nigeria Police Force Urges Citizens to Report Phone Searches by Officers

Reporting Unprofessional Police Behavior

Nigerians are being encouraged to report any police officer who requests to search their phones, as such actions are considered unprofessional.

The Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, delivered this message in response to a video depicting police officers searching a passenger’s phone.

He emphasized that going through people’s phones in this manner is unprofessional, and officers engaging in such behavior should be reported to the appropriate authorities for disciplinary action.

Video Sparks Discussion

The incident that prompted this message occurred when an X user, @tadeosun074, posted a video in which a police officer was seen searching through the phone of a young male passenger.

In the video, the officer can be heard speaking in Pidgin language, highlighting the number of years he has served and the relatively inexpensive phone he uses. He then instructs the young man to retrieve his bag from a commercial bus.

The Call for More Information

In response to the video, the Force PRO urged individuals who share such incidents to provide additional details such as location, date, and time.

This additional information aids in the tracking of such incidents and helps authorities take appropriate action. Adejobi stressed the importance of providing comprehensive information to address these cases effectively.

Similar Incidents Highlighted

Another X user, @KJexty, shared their own experience of encountering similar incidents, particularly along routes in Okpella, Edo state, and on the road to Okene in Kogi state when traveling to Abuja.

They revealed being a victim of such actions and having to pay a significant sum to resolve the situation.

Police Respond to Concerns

Adejobi reiterated the commitment of the police force to address the actions of erring officers who engage in unprofessional conduct. He emphasized that checking people’s phones on the road is improper and highly unprofessional.

The Force PRO encouraged individuals to report such incidents to the authorities so that necessary actions can be taken against those involved.

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