WELL, I once had encounter with them. It was too horrible. They behave like people who are not trained at all.
The stop and search area is good but they use it to harass people occasionally and if by any means, they discover physical cash with you, that money is gone. Otherwise, you will be tagged a criminal. They have used this to kill many people while others face what they didn’t know about. And if by any means they victimise you, they will give you ATM to transfer all the money in your account to their personal accounts.
I think the right to search or invade into people’s privacy should only be ordered by the court through a court warrant and that is only done when the person is seen as a suspect and have rejected investigation order. Then the court can wade in but they take laws into their own hands. They don’t obey due process at all. Their operation without uniform is worst because you don’t know the difference between them and street boys and the armed robbers.
(Stephen Okechukwu is the Civil Front Officer in Panal Pina (PAP) Company, Port Harcourt)