DCP Bassey Ewah, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, has warned Nigerians against handing over their phones to police officers who stop them at checkpoints without a warrant.

Ewah said police officers conducting an investigation would present a warrant before asking for a person’s phone, while answering questions during a program organized by the Police Community Relation Committee in Lagos State on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

He then advised Nigerians to refuse to hand over their phones to any officer who did not present them with a warrant.

He stated, “I stand corrected; please do not hand over your phones to any police officer who stops you at the checkpoint; it is not on our schedule. If we’re looking into something, we’ll get a warrant and then demand your phone. Please keep this in mind.”