Hello my blog readers. How was your weekend. Hope it was fantabulous (fantastic and fabulous)? lol Mine was fantastic and dramatic.
It was fantastic because I got the chance to see my dad, and my siblings. It was dramatic because I had a very funny encounter with the Nigerian police in Lagos. Here is the real gist….
My elder sister gave birth to a bouncing baby boy so I went to her place for the naming ceremony. I had to leave very early the following day because I had pending issues to take care of coupled with the fact that I had to post some articles on my blog that same morning. On my way back to my house, the police stopped us for their stop and search routine. They stopped the vehicle probably because there were too many boiz in the car .lol (my younger brother and his friends).
They decided to search all that we had on us including the small purse I was carrying. I had four phones in that purse. iphone 6, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Blackberry Q10. Immediately they saw my phones, the next thing they said was ” you are a yahoo yahoo, what are you doing with four phones, only you? You must produce all the receipts of these phones. I said it’s because of the type of business I do. They said ” what type of business?” I said, Internet business. They said, “it’s a lie. You are a yahoo yahoo. You must follow us to the station for interrogation”
Hmmmm…. are you guys for real? I laughed and I tried to remain calm but I was burning inside. They collected all our phones including mine and they insisted we follow them to the station. I couldn’t do anything about it coz they simply said they were doing their job. I got to their station and the time was around 5.30 am. These people delayed me for over an hour. They made sure they ransacked all my phones. When they found nothing, they simply handed the phones to me and said “madam, you like Samsung too much o” Can you guys imagine?
If I was going for an appointment, is that how they would have just delayed me for the fun of it? What If I had naked pictures on my phone? I knew I could argue with them, because I know my rights but they would have ended up delaying me more than that. I had nothing to hide so the best thing I could do was to allow sleeping dogs lie. I needed to prove to them that their allegation was completely wrong and I was vindicated at the end of the day. Did they apologize for what they did? no!
I am sharing this with you so you can have one or two lessons to learn from this whole drama.
Lesson 1- Your phone is your phone yes, but you need to be mindful of what you put into it. Anything can happen at anytime. My phones were pass-worded but I still had to give the policemen access to it because, according to them, they were doing their job. If I had something to hide, that is how they would have just invaded my privacy.
Lesson 2- Always ensure that your hands are clean with whatever you do in life. If I was into yahoo yahoo or any illegal stuff, judging by the way they scrutinized my phones, there is no way they wouldn’t have found something they can use to nab me. And that is one good thing about online business, you will never have to worry about law enforcement agencies even if you decide to drive the most expensive car in the world.
I am sure there are other lessons you have learnt from this funny experience of mine and like I said, my weekend was dramatic. I still have an amazing story to share with you, but that would be tomorrow. Till then, have a blessed week. Ciao…