- Bassey Ewah, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), has said no police officer has the right to check a civilian's phone unless there is a warrant for such
- He has warned Nigerians to stop giving any officer their phones at checkpoints, saying if anyone is under investigation, the police will present a warrant
- According to DCP Ewah, after a warrant has been presented, the police can then demand the phone
A Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Bassey Ewah, has warned Nigerians to stop giving any policeman at checkpoints their phones unless they provide a warrant to demand the gadget.
In a video that was shared on Instagram by @thenationnewspaper, the officer could be seen addressing an audience, saying if anyone is being investigated, the police will present a warrant and demand the phone.
In his words:
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"Please, do not give anybody your phone. If we are investigating, we will present a warrant and then demand for the phone."
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Social media reacts
Many social media users soon flooded the comment section of the post to share their thoughts. Many expressed distrust for the police.
"Police? Not to be trusted at all."
"No mind him ooo, is a political statement."
"They will kill people if they refuse and brand them armed rob***s. They didn't tell you that too?"
"Is this applicable?"
"E nor Dey work for Nigeria."
Police officer dismissed for stealing phone and money belonging to job applicant
Legit.ng previously reported that a 24-year-old police officer was dismissed for stealing a phone and some cash belonging to a job applicant identified as Bolaji Ajiboye.
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Following his dismissal, the suspect appeared before Osun state magistrate court in Osogbo.
Police prosecutor John Idoko said the defendant committed the offence on August 24, 2020, at about 8:30pm at Osun state command headquarters of Nigeria Police Force in Osogbo.
According to Idoko, the defendant stole a bag belonging to the applicant where he kept a Techno Camon 12 mobile phone and N25,000. The phone is worth N58,000.