Nigeria Police Affirms Citizens’ Right to Record Officers on Duty

Nigeria Police Affirms Citizens’ Right to Record Officers on Duty

Right to Film Police Confirmed

The Nigeria Police Force has officially affirmed citizens’ rights to record videos or capture photographs of police officers while they are performing their duties.

This clarification comes as a response to an incident involving a user named #Boy_Cyril, who alleged being extorted by police officers after recording a stop-and-search operation.

Statement by Force Spokesperson

Force spokesperson Olumuyiwa Adejobi addressed the issue, emphasizing that filming or photographing police officers in the course of their duty is not considered an offense.

In his response to the incident, Adejobi asserted the legality of recording police activities and encouraged individuals to utilize such recordings to address misconduct.

Encouragement to Report Misconduct

Adejobi encouraged citizens to report any such incidents where officers unlawfully confiscate phones or harass individuals for recording their activities.

He provided contact information, including an email address and a phone number, urging individuals to reach out to lodge complaints or seek clarification regarding such matters.

Clarity on Officers’ Awareness

The Force spokesperson highlighted that police officers are aware of this right granted to citizens. Adejobi likened the situation to that of a criminal who knows their actions are unlawful but continues until they are apprehended.

He reiterated that officers who unlawfully obstruct citizens from recording their actions are acting outside their professional and ethical duties.

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