You Have The Right To Search A Policeman Before He Searches You —NPF

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The Nigeria Police Force says Nigerians have the right to search its men in select circumstances.

The Force Public Relations Officer , Frank Mba, said this in a statement on Monday titled , ‘( Part 2 ) Tips For Safe And Cordial Conduct During An Arrest .’

The Police said if an officer is about to search a citizen or a property , that citizen has the right to first search the policeman in order to ensure that no evidence is planted.

According to the NPF , Nigerians also have the right to demand to know the reason for their arrest whenever an arrest is about to be made.

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The Force spokesman further stated that in some instances , Nigerians have the right to demand that an arrest warrant is presented before allowing themselves to be apprehended.

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The statement reads in part , “ 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.

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“ 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 ) .”

The Force called on Nigerians never to resist arrest , even if it seems unjustified .

It also counselled Nigerians to never interfere in the arrest of a third party.

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According to the statement , the Police may ask one to perform some tests such as walking in a straight line if a person is pulled over on suspicion of being drunk or high on drugs .

A Nigerian also has the right to decline writing a statement upon arrest .

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