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What are my rights when police stop me?
« on: January 20, 2015, 10:43:30 AM »
Hi everyone, long time o.

Can someone please answer me, what are my rights when stopped by police?
Are police allowed to take me to the police station without me doing anything wrong?



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Re: What are my rights when police stop me?
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2015, 04:22:31 AM »
Well. ..dealings with the police is more of logic than anything else especially if you are from nigeria or you are a nigerian. Number thing is as much as possible, be sure fear is not read in you. Stand like a rock! Whatvever your right dont move arround wt illegal document. Look straight into thier eyes and b calm. If you are sure u r clean...you have a right to ask why u r being stopped. Dont move arround. with money please. Dont let any police intimidate u and be vigilant.

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Re: What are my rights when police stop me?
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2015, 01:33:26 PM »
Hi everyone, long time o.

Can someone please answer me, what are my rights when stopped by police?
Are police allowed to take me to the police station without me doing anything wrong?

Long time indeed Oga.
First and foremost, it is important to note that the police can only search, stop or detain one ONLY via (i) a routine road block, (ii) they have a search warrant, or (iii) there's enough suspicion that you might be committing a crime or have contraband on you.

YOUR RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES WHEN STOPPED BY THE POLICE

1. Cooperate with the police and ask questions wherever possible.
2. It is your responsibility to keep watch as the police search your property.
3. Do not sign anything that you haven't written and do not agree to any crime you haven't committed.
4. When stopped at the roadblock, you have a right to be shown a copy of the written authorization given by the National or Provincial Police Commissioner for the setting up of the roadblock.
5. Police officers must have their names printed on their uniform - if they don't then you have a right to ask the police officer for his/her name.

WHEN ARRESTED

1. You have the right to be silent, you are NOT obliged by law to disclose information about yourself or sign any document.
2. Police are obliged by law to inform you of the reason you are being arrested. They are NOT allowed to arrest you or take you with them without informing you of your offence.
3. You have a right to call a lawyer, friend or family member when you get to the police station.
4. You  have the right to appear in court ASAP, no later than 48 hours after the arrest.
5. You have visitation rights; family,friends and your lawyer are allowed to visit.
6. You have the responsibility to tell the police your home address and nothing else.

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