Police PRO, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said you can not slap police back
A citizen has no right to respond if a police officer slaps them or otherwise physically assaults them, according to the Nigeria Police Force’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
Adejobi made this statement in response to a number of comments made after a video surfaced on Saturday showing two guys grabbing a police officer’s firearm.
“Even if a policeman on uniform slaps a civilian, the civilian has no right to retaliate. More so, if he’s on uniform. It’s an act of disrespect to Nigeria to beat an officer on uniform,” Adejobi said in a short thread on Twitter.
“The disrespect is not to the policeman but to our nation and its a crime as enshrined in our criminal laws. So it’s not a case of what the policeman did, that led to it, but the reaction of the civilians who actually assaulted the police.
“If police assault a civilian, you report and actions will be taken to rebuke him, not to take the law into your hands. Let alone it’s a matter of checking of phones, which can be easily reported and addressed. Now they are kept in our 5-n Lagos and will be in court on Monday.
Are you going to visit them or send them food, or appear in court to defend them?”
Adejobi once said police officers had no right to check the phones of random civilians.