No state governor in Nigeria has the legal or statutory power to invade or barge into homes of citizens under the guise of looking for looted COVID-19 palliatives. This is according to human rights lawyers.

According to SaharaReporters, they described the attempt by some state governors, who have threatened to use security agents to embark on a house-to-house search to recover the stolen items as illegal.

According to Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, who spoke with SaharaReporters over the issue, the government ought to have been prosecuted for the negligence of their primary duty on people’s welfare and security as stipulated in section 14 of 1999 constitution.

He said the action negated Section 37 of the constitution, which protects the privacy of homes, correspondences, letters and secrecy of every Nigerians without the right of any person, authority or government to invade or come into that premises without the consent of the owners.

He said,

“If governors are saying that people have looted government properties one thing becomes clear, looting without permission is a criminal offence. So, no state government can simply take the law or result to self-help and barge into the homes of these people allegedly searching for so-called looted properties.

“They will first go to a court of law and obtain a search warrant before they can enter any homes at all. The search warrant must indicate why they are going to search the house with dignity of people and fair hearing with their right to privacy and family life.”

992 thoughts on “It’s Wrong, You Can’t Search Citizens’ Homes For Looted Items – Lawyers Tell Governors”
          1. That true the stategovernment should
            Follow due process before taking unprecedented action on its people

        1. I agree and even with the search warrant citizens must be careful bcos it will serve as avenue for many evil people to carry out their enterprises
          God help us

      1. “If governors are saying that people have looted government properties one thing becomes clear, looting without permission is a criminal offence. So, no state government can simply take the law or result to self-help and barge into the homes of these people allegedly searching for so-called looted properties.

        “They will first go to a court of law and obtain a search warrant before they can enter any homes at all. The search warrant must indicate why they are going to search the house with dignity of people and fair hearing with their right to privacy and family life.”May god help this our country .😑

  1. The couldn’t go house to house to distribute the palliatives, now they want to go about searching people’s home for the palliatives they kept to themselves. So absurd

  2. Good one,they do not have the right, they are to blame for leaving the citizens suffer through this pandemic and keep the palliative for the unnecessary

    1. Why will you Governors be stupid and foolish like this, you this selfish people’s fail to share the palliative and hide it. Now you are still looking for ways to destroy your image, you this Arm robber

  3. Does d government even abide by d law cux they feel they r above d law God will help us in these country. How can d youth loot wat belongs to them

  4. Leave de stuff for de people’s 👨‍👨‍👦 make una pity dem, people’s are dying hungry please 🙏 am beg all de government to leave dem alone.