Edo Police Bans Searching of Citizens’ Phones

The Edo State Police Command on Friday issued a press release addressing the prohibition of searching citizens’ phones by operatives during routine patrol and stop-and-search duties within the state.

Commissioner of Police for Edo State, CP Funsho Adegboye, reiterated the directive from the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, banning the searching of citizens’ phones during various police operations. He emphasized that officers must not engage in such practices under any circumstances.

CP Adegboye, drawing from his extensive experience including service in United Nations missions in Kosovo, Liberia, East Timor, and the African Union Mission in Somalia, clarified that officers are only permitted to search citizens’ phones when executing a court order from a court of competent jurisdiction.

This directive underscores the commitment of the Edo State Police Command to upholding the rule of law and protecting the rights of citizens. It serves as a reminder of the boundaries within which law enforcement officers must operate, emphasizing respect for privacy and legal procedures.

The statement aims to reassure law-abiding citizens of Edo State that their rights will be respected and that measures are in place to ensure accountability within the police force.

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