10 Rights You Have, That the Police Doesn't Want You to Know
#EndSARS which started as an outcry on Twitter from mostly young people snowballed into a movement involving Nigerian celebrities.
It might take a while for the reforms to take place. We haven’t gotten to the promise land yet. Please if you find yourself in trouble with SARS, please know these ten things.
These facts have been made public by Legal Naija, a blog that aims to educate Nigerians on the legal rights, duties and obligations.
Here are the ten things you should know;
1) Bail is free
This is a fact. It’s a shame that most Nigerians don’t know this. If you have been arrested by the police do not be swindled into paying for your bail.
2) You are liable to remain silent if arrested
During interrogation, your lawyer must be present. According to Section 6(2)(a) Administration of Criminal Justice Act (2015); your legal counsel must be present when questioned by law enforcement officials.
4) Torture is illegal
5) Searching of phones
6) Innocent till proven guilty
This is a universal principle but somehow a few of our police officers do not know this. No one is guilty until a court of law delivers such a verdict. Till then, a suspect is innocent and should be treated as such.
7) Reason of arrest
A policeman must state the reason why you are under arrest before putting you in the ‘cuffs.
8) Compensation for unlawful arrest
9) Charged to court immediately
A suspect is meant to be charged to court immediately. Staying days, weeks and months in jail is unlawful.
10) No can be arrested in lieu of another person
This is a wrongful and normal practice by the police authorities. If they cannot arrest a suspect, the next step is to arrest someone close to the suspect.
If you have any complaints you can reach out to the Police Complaint Commission.