Nigerians can search police officers, says IGP

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Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, says police officers must first “surrender themselves” to be searched before they search Nigerians.

He said this is the “procedure.”

Idris said this during an interactive session with Nigerians on Twitter.

“If an officer wants to search you in your house/car, he must first surrender himself for searching. This is the procedure. Ask politely,” he said in response to a question.

The statement, however, generated reactions from Twitter users, with some hinting at the risk in doing so.

The IGP also said the ‘transmission’ video of him that has been circulating on social media was “doctored.”

In the “embarrassing” video, Idris finds it difficult to pronounce some words, constantly repeating the words “I mean’ and ‘transmission”.

Furthermore, asked if it is legal for police officers to search people’s phones without warrant, the IGP said: “It is not ideal for Officers to search your phones without a complaint. It is not professional.

“Officers have been lectured not to unnecessarily search people’s phones without any case or complaint against the person.”

Source: The Cable


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