The trend #EndSARSbrutality has been trending on social media for a number of days as a result of Nigerian’s frustration with the unit dedicated to keeping robbers at bay but have become a thorn in the flesh of many citizens.
As the conversation goes on,LegalNaija- a legal organization that circulates legal advise for free on Instagram has listed ten things SARS does not want you to know.
- Bail is free
2. Upon arrest, you are liable to remain silent; Section 6 of the ACJA Act 2015; Section 35(2) 1999 Constitution
3. When being questioned, you must have your lawyer present. Section 6(2)(a) Administration of Criminal Justice Act (2015)
4. No one should be subject to torture or unlawful treatment. Section 8, Administration of Criminal Justice Act (2015); Section 34, 1999 Constitution.
5. Upon arrest, a suspect must be charged to court immediately. Section 32 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (2015)
6. The police officer making an arrest must state the reason. Section 6, Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
7. The suspect is innocent until proven guilty. Section 36(5) of the 1999 Constitution.
8. No one can be arrested in lieu of another person
9. Police cannot unlawfully search your phones
10. Anyone unlawfully arrested is entitled to compensation. Section 35(6) 1999 Constitution.
If your rights have been breached in relation to any of the laws mentioned above, you can make a formal complaint to the Police Complaint Commission via @Police_complaint_rrunpf.gov.ng/complaint or contact your lawyer.