Assistant Commissioner of Police Abayomi Shogunle has revealed in a tweet today that pepper spray is an offensive weapon in Nigeria.
Abayomi revealed this after he responded to a Twitter user who tweeted at him saying she has been detained for carrying a pepper spray. He responded to the tweet saying;
“What are you doing with a pepper spray? Pepper spray is an offensive weapon, Nigeria Law prohibits going armed in the public.”
What are you doing with a pepper spray?
Pepper spray is an offensive weapon, Nigeria ?? Law prohibits going armed in the public.
— Abayomi Shogunle (@YomiShogunle) April 17, 2018
Pepper spray (also known as capsicum spray) is a lachrymatory agent (a chemical compound that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and temporary blindness) used in policing, riot control, crowd control, and self-defense.
Its inflammatory effects cause the eyes to close, taking away vision. This temporary blindness allows officers to more easily restrain subjects and permits people in danger to use pepper spray in self-defense for an opportunity to escape.
Although considered a less-than-lethal agent, it has been deadly in rare cases, and concerns have been raised about a number of deaths where being pepper sprayed may have been a contributing factor.