VIDEO: IG bars policemen from examining mobile phones of Nigerians

Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) says examining mobile phones of Nigerians by any police unit in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is not longer acceptable.

The allegation of scrutinising mobile phones of citizens is one of those violations levelled against men of the now scrapped Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Most of the victims alleged that due to the expensive mobile devices they carry around with them, the disbanded police brutal squad often profile them as Yahoo Boys, a nickname used in addressing internet fraudsters.

But in a fifty-five seconds video clip shared by the verified Twitter account of the Nigerian government, Mr Adamu is heard saying such behavior will no longer be tolerated.


“The issue of ANY Police Unit going to look into people’s phones, which is supposed to be their private property, or looking at the type of vehicle they‘re using, or profiling them to see whether they‘re yahoo boys or not—that era is gone. It is not acceptable!” the police chief said.


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