In a recent video posted by DSP Bright Edafe, the Delta State Public Relations Officer, the Nigeria Police Force has reassured citizens that no law enforcement officer, including vigilantes, has the authority to arrest or harass individuals for wearing earrings, dreadlocks, bum shorts, mini-skirts, or for not wearing a bra. Edafe emphasizes that these dress codes are not considered offenses, and therefore, no security personnel should take it upon themselves to infringe upon people’s personal style choices.
Edafe addresses the complaints received regarding the harassment faced by residents in Delta State by vigilantes, anti-cult groups, hunters associations, and a few rogue police officers. He clarifies that the state government has discredited any claims suggesting these dress codes as punishable offenses. As such, no individual or group should subject others to harassment based on their appearance. If someone insists on the dress code being an offense, Edafe advises the affected party to go to a police station and seek resolution, promising to address the matter personally.
Furthermore, Edafe addresses the issue of tinted vehicle glasses. He discloses that the Commissioner of Police has instructed officers to allow individuals with factory-fitted tinted vehicles to continue using them until the police lift the suspension on tinted permits. However, for those with artificially tinted windows, if they possess an existing tinted permit obtained before the suspension, they may continue using their vehicles with tint. Otherwise, they are advised to remove the artificial tint to avoid potential embarrassment.
Edafe makes it clear that no officer has received directives to arrest people solely for having tinted vehicle glasses. However, he advises individuals with artificially tinted windows to adhere to the guidelines and remove the tint to prevent any inconvenience.
The Nigeria Police Force is committed to upholding the rights and freedoms of individuals, ensuring that personal style choices are not considered offenses. Citizens are encouraged to be aware of their rights and report any incidents of harassment or arrest for dress code-related matters.
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