Daily Law Tips (Tip 339) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

POLICE HAS NO POWERS TO FORCE AN ARRESTED PERSON TO MAKE STATEMENT.

It is unlawful for any police officer or security agent to force any arrested or invited person to make or write any statement. Statements should not be obtained by force or deceit. Statement must not be made before an arrested person can be released or granted bail. It is the right of an arrested person to make or not to make a statement.

Well, considering the poor attitude of Nigerian security agents, instead of being molested and losing a limb, please do give them a statement and obtain your freedom. Then engage a good lawyer to go after the concerned arresting officers.

My authorities are sections 17(1), 494 and 495 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and other similar laws across States in Nigeria.

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