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Policemen not permitted to search citizens’ phones – Lagos CP



The Commissioner of Police for Lagos State, Fayoade Adegoke, has reaffirmed that no police officer in the state is permitted to conduct phone searches on Nigerian citizens. Speaking during a visit to Melody FM, 107.7FM, in Iyana-Ipaja on Wednesday, Adegoke stressed that the Lagos State Police Force has a dedicated cyber section responsible for handling such investigations. Any suspicions will lead to individuals being taken to the police station for a proper examination of their phones.

In a statement from the radio station’s management, signed by Kunle Babarinde, the Commissioner commended Melody FM for its commitment to providing valuable information to the public.

Adegoke also urged citizens who feel they have been victims of police misconduct or corruption to follow a structured reporting process. “If you feel you have been cheated by a policeman or encountered corruption, report the incident to the policeman’s Divisional Police Officer (DPO). If the DPO’s response is unsatisfactory, escalate the matter to the Area Commander. If issues persist, you are encouraged to report directly to me. My phone number is open to all Lagosians,” stated the Commissioner.

Addressing concerns about police brutality, Adegoke assured the public that no police officer has the right to inflict physical harm on citizens. He emphasized the need to treat people with decency and respect, acknowledging them as the government’s employers whose taxes sustain law enforcement agencies.

On the specific matter of phone searches, Adegoke clarified, “No policeman has the right to search your phone. If a policeman suspects anything on your phone, he will take you to the station to conduct the search. We have a dedicated cyber department for handling such matters.”

The Commissioner’s statements underscore the commitment to upholding citizens’ rights, fostering transparency, and ensuring accountability within the Lagos State Police Force. The public is encouraged to remain vigilant and report any instances of misconduct, promoting a collaborative relationship between law enforcement and the community.

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