IG bans policemen from searching civilian mobile phones without warrant
The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has banned the rank and file of the Nigerian Police Force from illegally accessing the phones of Nigerians.
The ban was contained in a circular to Police Commands across the country.
The instruction from the Inspector General of Police became necessary due to some policemen who would flout privacy rights of law-abiding citizens by stopping and searching their phones without recourse to legal processes.
Officer in Charge of Complaint Response Unit (CRU) of the Nigeria Police, Abayomi Shogunle tweeted:
With this order, the Police are unable to search phones of civilians under any pretext without first obtaining a search warrant from a competent court with jurisdiction.
This edict just gave Nigerians a firmer backbone in the defense of their right to privacy