14 Jun What to do if you are Arrested in Nigeria

When can you be arrested?

  • If you are suspected of committing a crime as a result of a complaint
  • If you are suspected of committing a crime upon investigation by the police.
  • During or immediately after the commission of a crime

Who can arrest you?

  • Police
  • Law Enforcement agencies like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) etc
  • Private individuals (in certain cases)

What to do when arrested

  • Do not attempt to resist arrest
  • Ask for the reason you are being arrested
  • If the arresting officer is not in uniform, ask the person to identify themselves
  • If you are not arrested while allegedly committing a crime, ask for the arrest warrant
  • Arrests carried out without an arrest warrant are illegal
  • Ask the officer what station you are being taken to
  • Once you get to the station, contact your family, friends, and lawyer informing them you have been arrested and where you are being detained
  • When the police officer asks to take your statement, you do not have to give a statement as you have a right to silence, however you may waive this right
  • You may write your statement yourself, and sign it; or you may have the officer take down the statement. If the officer writes the statement, make sure it is read over to you before you sign it.

If you feel that your right to personal liberty, or the right of someone you know has been violated. Please contact your lawyer IMMEDIATELY.

You can also read this answer to a question around Stop and search rights in Nigeria if you would like to know more.

 

Thank you for reading this post, if you have found it useful please share with your network using one of the share buttons below. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please send us an email at [email protected]

 

We hope you have found this information helpfulPlease note that this information is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. No lawyer-client relationship is formed nor should any such relationship be implied. This answer is not intended to substitute for the advice of a qualified lawyer. If you require legal advice, please consult with a qualified lawyer. If you would like to find out more about a consultation with one of the lawyers in our network regarding a legal issue you are experiencing, you can use the free tool below to get an estimate.

 

How much will my Legal Consultation cost?

Estimate the cost of receiving a consultation with the lawyers in our network

GET STARTED

0$

Thanks, we will contact you soon

Name

Please enter your first name

You need to select an item to continue

NEXT STEP

Email

Please enter your email address

You need to select an item to continue

NEXT STEP

Profile of Lawyer

How many years of experience do you want in your lawyer?

You need to select an item to continue

NEXT STEP

Type of Consultation

How would you prefer the consultation to be given?

You need to select an item to continue

NEXT STEP

Consultation Fee Estimate

The final estimated fee is :

Summary

Description Information Quantity Price
Discount :
Total :

Request a Lawyer

 

No Comments

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.