Police outlaws illegal access of personal mobile phones

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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase, has warned Police officers to desist from indiscriminate checking of personal information on mobile phones of members of the public.

Police personnel that defy this will be severely punished by the command.

This order to the men and officers of Nigeria Police was contained in a Circular titled: “Reports of alleged indiscriminate accessing of personal information on mobile phones by police patrol teams”, signed by the Force Secretary, AIG Patrick Dukumor and dispatched to all Police State Commands and Formations nationwide.

The IGP, further directed that severe disciplinary actions would also be taken against any officer and their Supervisors (DPOs, Area Commanders and Sectional Heads) against whom a proven report of illegal mobile phone checks not supported by appropriate court orders or operational exigency is made.
All State Commissioners of Police and Formation Commanders were further directed to make the full content of the said Circular known to all officers attached to their respective Commands.
This Circular was sequel to several reports made to the Complaint Response Unit (CRU) by citizens most especially from Lagos, Oyo, Ekiti, Delta, Rivers and Edo States of alleged indiscriminate checking of personal information such as emails, text messages and other forms of communication contents on personal mobile phones by some officers under the pretext of looking for fraudsters.
The CRU enjoins members of the public not to engage in any form of conduct that could result to use of any form of force by a police officer, rather the CRU should be contacted in respect of any police/citizen contact that are not satisfactory to them.

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