10 legal things cops don't want you to know

12/27/2017

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You are protected by law while traveling.

1. Bail is free.

2. In accordance with Section 35(2) of Constitution (1999) and Section 6, the ACJA Act 2015, when put under arrest, you can keep silent.

3. In accordance with Section 6(2)(a) 2015 Administration of Criminal Justice Act, as you are questioned, you have to get your lawyer to present.

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When put under arrest, you can keep silent

4. As stipulated in Section 8, 2015 Administration of Criminal Justice Act and Section 34, Constitution (1999), it is illegal to inflict torture unlawful treatment on anyone.

5. Upon arrest, the suspect should be immediately charged to court, according to Section 32, 2015 the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

6. In accordance with Section 6 of 2015 Administration of Criminal Justice Act, when a police officer places a person under arrest, he has to state reason.

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Suspects are innocent until proven guilty

7. As provided by Section 36(5), the Constitution (1999), suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

8. No one can be captured instead of another one.

9. It is illegal for police to search your phones unless otherwise allowed.

Police Complaint Commission

If you suffer from any of the aforementioned unlawful treatments, contact your lawyer or lodge complaint to the Police Complaint Commission

10. If arrested unlawfully, you are entitled to compensation, as Section 35(6) of the Constitution 1999 stipulates.

That is all about laws you should know when travelling in Nigeria. If you suffer from any of the aforementioned unlawful treatments, contact your lawyer or lodge complaint to the Police Complaint Commission at @PoliceNG_PCRRU npf.gov.ng/complaint.

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