5 DON’TS WHEN DEALING WITH NIGERIA POLICE
Don’t argue/insist on your rights when you are facing an armed police. Leave the job of arguing those rights to your lawyer because human rights are meaningful only when a man is alive.
In the event that you are arrested, don’t be pressurised into answering any question, only insist on your right to remain silent until after consultation with your lawyer or any other person of your choice. Simply say I wish to remain silent until I consult with my lawyer.
A police may lawfully shoot in reasonable circumstances where a person resists lawful arrest, so, don’t run, or resist arrest when a police approaches or halts you.
It is lawful for police to use force in appropriate/ reasonable situations to suppress riot, insurrection, or mutiny, so, don’t be involved in riot, insurrection, or mutiny, and avoid any environment where either is ongoing.
5 DOS WHEN DEALING WITH NIGERIA POLICEDo put your hands up when a police instructs you to do so. Explanations can be saved for later, and an attempt to bring out your identification card or anything at that may make the police fire a shot.
Do notify the police of your willingness to assist when invited for interrogation, only make sure that you take your lawyer along to the Police Station when invited.
If you are stopped for questioning, do answer introductory questions only, be polite but firm in your response. Where a search is to be conducted on your car, insist on opening any portion that is to be searched, and personally supervise the search. Where a search is to be conducted on your body, try hard to make sure that a neutral person is available to witness the search.
Being at the police station may make you get panicky and whatever you say may be used against you in the court of law, do exercise your right to remain silent and the right to speak with a lawyer before you involve yourself in any conversation (written or oral). Simply let the police know that you wish to see your lawyer first before saying or writing anything.
You may have started dealing with the police in an uncalculated manner, or you may be at the verge of dealing with the police, your safest bet is to consult your lawyer immediately, so, do consult your lawyer without any delay.