The Nigeria Police Force is urging citizens and residents to promptly report incidents of police officers searching through their mobile phones to the relevant authorities for appropriate disciplinary action. The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made this call in response to a video that surfaced online, depicting police officers engaging in such unprofessional behavior.
The video, posted by a user on X (formerly Twitter), @tadeosun074, captured a police officer searching through the phone of a young male passenger, while audibly expressing his own inability to afford a phone of similar value after serving in the police force for 14 years. The officer’s actions and comments clearly violated professional standards.
ACP Adejobi emphasized the importance of citizens providing comprehensive information, including the location, date, and time of such incidents, when sharing evidence of police misconduct. This data helps facilitate the identification and investigation of erring officers.
Another X user, @KJexty, shared their personal experience of encountering a similar incident on the Okene road in Kogi State, where they were compelled to pay a sum of N100,000 to the officers before being released. This further underscores the urgent need for citizens to report such incidents to the authorities.
The Force PRO reassured the public that the Nigeria Police Force remains committed to holding accountable any officers engaged in unprofessional conduct that tarnishes the image of the force. He reiterated that searching people’s phones on the road is not only improper but highly unprofessional. The force has consistently condemned such actions and encourages citizens to report any such incidents so that appropriate action can be taken.
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We will continue to go after the erring policemen who are bent on tarnishing the image of the force. Checking of people's phones on the road is not proper. In fact, it's highly unprofessional. I am sure you know we have reacted and condemned it severally. So, report them to us,… https://t.co/kSPE73Zj3o— Prince Olumuyiwa Adejobi (@Princemoye1) October 2, 2023