The Nigerian police spokesperson, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, has cleared that no policeman has any right whatsoever to check the phone of a civilian, especially during a regular checkpoints and road blocks.
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Olumuyiwa Adejobi noted that any policeman who used the power of the police force, to check a person’s phone especially without the person’s consent, is not a policemen, but a scavenger.
CSP Adejobi explained this in a tweet shared on his handle as he was answering question that was thrown to him on Twitter.
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He also explained except a phone is an exhibit for investigation, (which at this point is no longer in the person’s primary possession,) no officer has the right to ask a citizen to open his phone for checks.
His tweet reads;
No policeman has the right to check ones phone anywhere except the phone is an exhibit in a case under investigation and that phone must have been marked exhibit. Any policeman who does that is not a policeman, but rather a scavenger