DAILY LAW TIPS by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.(Tip 240)
“SITUATIONS WHERE A MALE SECURITY OFFICER CAN SEARCH FEMALES IN NIGERIA.”
Above all, all searches must be conducted decently. By law a person can be searched by a police officer of same sex but where there is urgent situation or in interest of justice it is impossible for same sex police officer to conduct such search, a police officer of opposite sex can search a person of opposite sex. Hence, a male police officer can search a female suspect in such circumstances in any part of Nigeria. This extends to any officer of any law enforcement agency in Nigeria created by Act of National Assembly, like EFCC, DSS, NSA, NDLEA, ICPC, Customs, NAPTIP, Prisons and Civil Defence. This excludes all the private security companies and their officers.
My authorities are sections 9(3) and 494 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and similar laws across the states in Nigeria.
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