It is illegal to check phones, computers of citizens, DCP Frank Mba says in IG live chat with Naira Marley

It is illegal to check phones, computers of citizens, DCP Frank Mba says in IG live chat with Naira Marley

- DCP Frank Mba has given new assurances of swift steps being taken to curb the excesses of SARS officials

- The police spokesperson made this known during a recent Instagram live chat with rapper Naira Marley

- According to DCP Mba, it is illegal for police officers to search the mobile devices of citizens or accost them for wearing dreadlocks, tattoos

- Mba also stated that citizens are allowed to film their interactions with police officers once it is getting to a point of worry and concern

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DCP Frank Mba, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), was recently on a live interview session with rapper, Naira Marley, following the last-minute cancellation of the EndSARS protest.

The police spokesperson during the chat addressed the concerns of citizens, particularly youths in the country, as it regards the activities of some SARS operatives in the country.

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According to DCP Mba, changes are being effected in the force which will be followed to the letter and see erring officers dealt with appropriately.

Mba made it clear that every reform that has been rolled out in the wake of the outcry against the police unit will be strictly adhered to.

According to him, routine check-ups in different parts of the country have been immediately brought to a halt.

It is illegal to check phones, computers of citizens, DCP Frank Mba says in IG live chat with Naira Marley

DCP Frank Mba reassures youths in IG live chat with Naira Marley. Photo: Instagram/@nairamarley/@nigerianpoliceforce
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The policeman also stated that it is illegal for SARS operatives or other police officers to go through the mobile phones or properties of citizens.

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When Naira Marley brought up the issue of citizens who have been harassed because of how they dressed, DCP Mba noted that police officers have been issued a stern warning to respect the choices of citizens and as such no one should be accosted for such things as wearing dreadlocks or tattoos.

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In a different portion of the interview, the police spokesperson explained that there are several young officers in the force and from henceforth they will become the ambassadors for youths in the country.

"We have several young officers in the police force and they will be your new ambassadors in the police and we are recruiting another 10 thousand more. We encourage young people to be part of the system and also make changes in their communities."

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Speaking on filming police officers, DCP Mba noted that citizens can only record their interactions with police officers when it is moving from a point of legality to illegality.

He, however, advised citizens to be careful in their interactions with armed officers.

Meanwhile, previously reported that Nigerian rapper Erigga called out religious leaders on social media.

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The rapper criticized many of them for staying mum amid the ongoing EndSARS campaign. He urged them to speak up and also lead protests.

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