Police banned from seizing and gaining access to suspects' Cell phones.


Nigeria Police has finally bared its personnel from seizing and scrutinizing the mobile telephones of citizens even in the course of investigations without proper court orders authorizing them to do so.
Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, handed down the order in a circular to police commands throughout the federation.
The Officer in Charge of Complaint Response Unit for the force, Mr. Abayomi Shogunle, disclosed this in a tweet yesterday.
Although Shogunle did not elaborate on the reasons for the directive, it was gathered that some members of the public had raised concern about the leakage of highly confidential personal secrets as a result of seizures of their cell phones by police.
The Nigeria Police has also warned members of the public to be wary of internet fraudsters posing as recruitment officers and agents for the police.
Force Public Relations Officer, Ag. ACP Olabisi Kolawole, said in a statement in Abuja that many young and able-bodied Nigerian youths desirous of enlisting in the Nigeria Police Force are being hoodwinked by fraudsters into parting with hard-earned cash for employment.
“It has come to the knowledge of the Nigeria Police authorities that many young and able-bodied Nigerian youths desirous of enlisting into the Nigeria Police Force are being hoodwinked by fraudsters into believing that the Force is currently engaged in recruitment/enlistment exercise.
“It has, therefore, become necessary once again to inform members of the public that no recruitment/enlistment exercise is taking place now at the Force Headquarters or at any police institutions, commands and formations.
“However, the Force will duly inform the general public whenever it intends to commence recruitment of personnel through appropriate channels, including public advertisements in the media.
“The public is, therefore, advised not to fall victim, by making monetary payments or any other consideration to fraudsters masquerading through Facebook and other website platforms as agents of the Police.
“The public is further advised to feel free to contact the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in their states of residence or the Divisional Police Officers (DPO) nearest to them whenever in doubt on all issues relating to recruitment and other policing matters,” ACP Kolawole said.

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