Takeaways from Naira Marley’s chat with Police PRO
Below are few things to note from the chat between popular musical artiste, Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, and the Police Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba on Tuesday.
The meeting with DCP Mba was held on Instagram between Naira Marley and police authorities following the mass protest called upon by the Nigerian singer.
Earlier, Naira Marley had cancelled the proposed protest billed for Lagos metropolis seeking an end to the activities of the Police Special Anti-robbery Squad.
Naira Marley announced the call-off on his twitter handle on Tuesday, saying there won’t be any protest because there’s a lot of changes being made right now.
On his part, the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba in a series of tweets, intervened to stop the protest.
DCP Mba had, in a series of tweets on the Nigeria Police Force Twitter handle, proposed a live chat with Naira Marley on Instagram.
The Force PRO said the chat will answer questions and discuss the concerns of young Nigerians on the issues of SARS operations and other burning issues.
Below are takeaways from the chat courtesy of a lawyer, Olanipekun Tobi D. on his Twitter handle @fynskin:
1). Police would get SARS off the roads and enforce this themselves.
2). All Police officers henceforth must wear police uniforms.
3). You can record the police, however not in security conscious zones.
4. Police officers henceforth would only move in licensed police vehicles and not Danfo (mini-buses) and Keke Maruwa (tricycles).
5). The Police Force responds to direct messages on Twitter. So if you feel wronged, call their numbers or message the police via their social media accounts.
6). The Police claims they are open to partnerships with youths to ensure effective policing. They said they are ready to recruit 10,000 youths.
When asked what “Security Zones” means, he answered:
“The @PoliceNG defined such zones (Security Zones) as zones where there is a heightened need for security e.g airports.
Hw as confronted with the issue of police arbitrarily checking peoples’ phones, laptops and asking unnecessary questions.
Reacting, he clarified categorically: “It is now illegal for a Police officer to search your phone”.
Other Nigerians raised concern that Police say FOREX TRADING is internet fraud.
Olanipekun answered: “Forex is not fraud but forex and some crypto is not legal yet in Nigeria, they only take advantage of this.”
Another tweep countered: “Forex is legitimate. If it’s not legal in Nigeria why did most people go on TV and Radio to make advert.”
“Please enlighten us more on the term “security conscious zones” because someone cannot slap me in public and tell me it’s a security zone,” begged a participant.
Another objected: “If they, @PoliceNG, are ensuring they leave the road why asking us to record. If they @SARS collect my phone between Bini-Ekpoma road, how do I record?”
Reacting to all the objections, Olanipekun said: “Change they say, is a process. The nation’s tension is heightened… things would change.”
He, meanwhile, issued a disclaimer that he is not in any way affiliated to the police, saying:
“I am in no way under the bankroll of the Police Force, neither do I work for them, all I did was alert Youths and Nigerians in General as to what went down today. No lose Guard, Stay vigilant!”