When Can Police Search A House Without A Warrant


DAILY LAW TIPS by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.(Tip 285)
Ordinarily, police and every other security agency cannot search a house/property without a search warrant(written authority) issued by a court.
One of the situations, where a security officer can search any property/place without a search warrant is where a criminal suspect sought to be arrested is inside such house/property or is believed to be inside such house. In such situation, the person in charge of such house must give free access and all needed support to the security agency to search the property for the suspect.
My authorities are sections 12(1), 494 and 495 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and other similar laws across States in Nigeria.
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