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Nigerian-American cop laments Police officers in Lagos have labelled him ‘criminal’ due to his braided hair

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A Nigerian-American Police officer based in Washington DC, US have taken to Twitter to reveal that he has been profiled as a criminal by the Nigerian Police Force just four days into his Christmas visit, because he had his hair in braids.

The young man with Twitter handle @wearethe2030 shared a photo of himself and wrote: “4 days in Nigeria & I have already been profiled as a criminal by the Nigeria police force. They profile people based on looks. Male with dreads, braids and so on. I work for the Washington DC as a police officer and I have braids. Enough of the profiling! @TunjiDisu1 @aleeygiwa”

Further explaining what happened he said; “RIDING BACK TO MY HOTEL ON TOYIN STREET, ALLEN, IKEJA, WITH TAXIFY, AND THE POLICE HAD STOPPED ME TWICE ON THE SAME ROAD, ORDERED ME TO STEP OUT OF THE VEHICLE ASKING WHAT I DO FOR A LIVING. MY POLICE CREDENTIALS SAVED ME FROM BEING A VICTIM.”

 
 
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