The Nigeria Police have warned its personnel again not to check people’s phones arbitrarily on the road.
Speaking during an interview with Channels Television on Tuesday, Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi said the Police personnel have no right to check someone’s phone on the road.
The Channels TV report quotes Adejobi as saying:
“Stop checking phones on the road. You can’t check somebody’s phone. It is his personal property. You cannot do it.
“In the Police, we have those who are deviants. There is no policeman who doesn’t know that you must not dress improperly, you must not smoke while on duty, you must not slap the Nigerian, you must not use cutlass to flog.
“There is no Nigerian police personnel who will tell me today that they are not aware because, in the training school, it’s part of our manual; they must have taught you all these things.
“So, if a policeman has done something wrong, every offence — disciplinary offence or criminal offence — has its punishment. If it is reduction in rank, we give it to you; if it is dismissal, we give to you; if it is severe reprimand, we give to you…
“But it is clear, how can a policeman stand on the road and be collecting money? It is not a disciplinary offence, it is a criminal offence. Corruption is a criminal offence. If you flog somebody, you assault somebody, it is a criminal offence.”