How long can Arrested Person be held before taken to Police Station?

How long can Arrested Person be held before taken to Police Station?

How long can Arrested Person be held before taken to Police Station? Daily Law Tips (Tip 300)

By  Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

First of all, any person in Nigeria can arrest a person he suspects to have committed an offence. Where and when any person is arrested for any offence, such arrested person must be IMMEDIATELY taken to a police station.

Hence, no person, party, company, church, royal home, estate, school, or family can arrest and detain any person/suspect without immediately handing over such arrested person to the nearest police station. This is also applicable to government offices and agencies that have no statutory powers to arrest, detain and prosecute criminal suspects.


Sections 14, 494 and 495 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and other similar laws across States in Nigeria.

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One Response

  1. Well said sir.
    May I humbly add sir that the Anti torture act 2017 is more explicit on the the torture of civilians. The offenders are liable to spend 20 years in prison.

    Notably, my observation is that, most of our laws are dormant and some not even domesticated by state legislature.

    I am open to learning more from your wealth of experience and the Sabi law series programme that has mentored lots of Lawyers and Nigerians at large.
    More power to your Elbow sir.

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