‘TIPS FOR SAFE AND CORDIAL CONDUCTS DURING AN ARREST SITUATION’-Nigerian Police

In continuation of our discussion on safe and cordial relationship between the Public and the Police, in part 2 of its series provides you with ‘TIPS FOR SAFE AND CORDIAL CONDUCTS DURING AN ARREST SITUATION’

while the concluding part, which is Part 4 will focus on the Expectations of the public from Police Officers in promoting safe and cordial interactions between them and the citizens. Please read on!!!

Arrest situations can easily turn violent. If not properly handled, it can portray you as a hostile person or give the impression that you are resisting arrest which on its own constitutes an offence, therefore:

Here are the new tips from the Police on how to relate with officers on duty

A. If an officer wants to search you in your house/ car, he must first surrender himself for searching. This is the procedure. Ask politely. #AskThePolice

B. If the arrest requires the officer to conduct a search on you, demand to see the Search Warrant and comply with all legitimate instruction during the search (Note that there are a lot of instances where a policeman can search you with or without a warrant)” the police added.

C. On a lighter note, but also seriously speaking, every encounter with the police, including an arrest/invitation scenario is an opportunity to learn more about the Police, the security community, your rights and privileges & make friends with them. Please make effective use of it!

D. Politely request that the officers allow you inform a trusted friend or a family member or a lawyer, soon after your arrest in order to avoid unnecessary apprehension as to your whereabouts or safety.

E. You should immediately make full disclosures. Demand to see the warrant of arrest where necessary (Note however that not all invitation/arrest requires a warrant). As a matter of fact, under our laws, the Police have wide powers to arrest without warrant in many circumstances.

F. Always let the officers know your health challenge (if any) after arrest. This is important in case you may need immediate medical attention, particularly asthmatic patients, persons with history of epilepsy, high blood pressure, diabetes especially those on insulin etc.

G. Politely demand to know the reason for your arrest. It is your right to know. Also, where the officers have not disclosed their identity, courteously request their identity and where they came from, or the office where they work.

The police said in its tweet that Part 3 of the series (which will be published soon) will provide you with Tips on Safe and Cordial Conducts at the Police Stations.

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