DCP Tells Nigerians What To Do When Officers At Checkpoints Request Their Phones


Bassey Ewah, Deputy Commissioner of Police, has instructed not to hand over their mobile phones to policemen stopping them at checkpoints without a warrant.

A deputy commissioner mentioned this during a question-and-answer session on Wednesday, following the just concluded programme organised by the Police Community Relations Committee.

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According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abubakar Ewah, before a can dig through a Nigerian’s phone, a warrant must be provided. A police officer conducting an investigation will present the warrant before interrogating a person.

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He then advised Nigerians to not hand over their phones to any officer who does not have a warrant.

I stand corrected. Please do not hand over your phones to any police officer who stops you at the checkpoint. It’s not on our schedule. If we are investigating you, we will present a warrant and then demand your phone. Take note. “


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