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Can A Nigeria Police Refuse Bribe?

“It’s the image of a lone police man I hold on to. He is chubby, affable ands wearing an helmet. When he stopped us in Edo state or shortly before we left Ondo state, Okey exhausted from all the checkpoint made to give him 200 naira, but he refused. He asked for our car papers, looked at them carefully, says that everything is completes and he adds ‘safe journey’. As we drove away I looked back wishing I knew his name” , Chimanmanda Ngozi Adichi

Did she saw an angel or do we still have good policemen?

I really wish i know his name, i will have nominated him for man of the year, lol

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That name "police" with that "black & black" uniform is something else. Not all the police are bad eggs, there are still the good one's among them. In every 12 appostles there most be a judas. Lets not crusified them because govt has a part to play in this issue. All of us know's that police salary is not what we can write home about, govt have to do something about that to minimize the risk of threat in our society and also in our road. A lot had happen in the past about the police & bribe. The word accidental discharge is a phrase that has know dictionary meaning. So many family had lost their dear ones because of this phrase. So lets join hands in the fight of these, not critisizing, because if we are to be on there shoes we will do more than that.

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That name "police" with that "black & black" uniform is something else. Not all the police are bad eggs, there are still the good one's among them. In every 12 appostles there most be a judas. Lets not crusified them because govt has a part to play in this issue. All of us know's that police salary is not what we can write home about, govt have to do something about that to minimize the risk of threat in our society and also in our road. A lot had happen in the past about the police & bribe. The word accidental discharge is a phrase that has know dictionary meaning. So many family had lost their dear ones because of this phrase. So lets join hands in the fight of these, not critisizing, because if we are to be on there shoes we will do more than that.

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According to Jamace, since politicians are looting, Police and the rest of us can continue collecting bribe and stealing,

That is really a funny idea.

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If people continue to do things the way it has always been done and expect a different result,then it is a big joke,if the status quo is not challenged and steps taken in the right direction to initiate change,what hope and legacy is there for Nigeria?

Truth is standing for what is right has never been easy,it costs you and at times it costs you very dearly but the joy and fulfillment of doing what is right should far outweigh the cost.

Pathetically it seems the average Nigerian mentality is about me,myself and I,as long as people can find a way to settle themselves be it legally or illegally,no one cares about the system or give any serious thought to what contribution or sacrifice they can make to make their community a better place.

Like I said earlier we have a choice we can let the status quo remain or we begin to search for ways in which we can contribute individually and cooperatively by raising up a group of covert security operatives to combat this evil,the cell phone camcorder is a good device,let us start putting it to use and see what will happen when millions of clips of illegal police acts begin to saturate the media waves locally and internationally.

Finally for those of us that believe in God,let us continue to pray for the healing of the nation while we also take proactive steps.God said in his word"If my people who are called by name shall humble themselves and call upon me then I will heal their land". My 2cents.

Cheers and God Bless,

Jesarmy

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Oh Well, I dear say we still have those that won't collect bribes, @ least I know 2 of them, 1 in Abuja and another in Bauchi, but truth be told, that's a small number, there is still hope for 9ja sha

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Interested!! Nevermind that I reported to the police and was told I had to pay something to have my case against the lecturers looked into, it is of no mind? Never mind that  I have been had police request bribe from me on so many occassions as many can claim but have refused and have had to be taken to the station to fill out mounds of papers and pay "LEGAL" fees for one ridiculous reason or the other, but instead chose to stand my ground no matter what? Keep the excuses coming!!

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I really don't care about what happened to you in medical school or your life story. The topic is about policemen receiving bribes. You stated that you have never given any policeman bribes of any sort. Thats y i have given examples why a lot of people have to pay bribes to officers everyday in lagos. I don't care about your medical school story.

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May God help us all to drop the utterly ridiculous ramblings, and excuses, so we can actually step up like men with balls and brains for the sake of our children and their future!! AMEN!!

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kobojunkie i have always respected your views in this forum

but am quite disapponted with your opinions on this obvious matter .

how about the police seasons, i mean the festive seasons when they go hunting

on the streets for any ablebodied civilian and carry them to the station just to extort money

from you. illegal and suspicious wandering so they call it. my brother am a witness,there was no big officer around

we were totally at their mercy. the next day was a public holi. my guy when they, i mean their full squad caught up with you ,my guy no mercy.

there are few good ones ,but how many of them to create the positive change we are talking about. abro forget naija oooooo

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@A-Town, Can you please tell me that you believe being kicked out of 3rd year medical school as a result of refusing to pay Naira 12K bribe, after studying so hard all your life, is easy? You mean having to loose out on a great job opportunity because you were delayed by policemen who felt they deserved to get bribe from you, is easy? You believe that getting stabbed in the back by your own friends who you thought were with you on standing up against the corrupt, is easy? I really do not know how you can read my posts AS IS and still come back to spout what you just did? PLease STOP feeding me ridiculous come backs already. If you want change, be willing to change yourself, else you will only keep getting what you deserve. That happens to be the fate of Nigerians in Nigeria today.

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As with every other thing nigerian ,this one also has no solution: pay the police well and they will not want to even attempt to deter robbers.(try paying any nigerian near full before he does the job and see what happens)

Pay them inadequately and they will shoot dead innocent commuters and parade them on live telly with ammulet decorations claiming that they are ferocious armed gang leaders.

The police bribery situation (i imagine) must have been initiated by policemen.

Like i said the problem with nigeria is Nigerians!!!!!!!!!!!

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You missed the point. I am not an advocate of bribery and corruption. Of course it will be reduced if everyone tries to reduce their level of participation. The thing i have against you is trying to make it seem easy and ideal. I personally hate the Nigeria Police. Sometimes, you really don't have a choice but to bow to pressure from them.

If you live in lagos and drive daily (i mean drive through the main areas in lagos), at one time or the other, you will have to pay them.

There's no single time i've been back home that i haven't had to pay them. I don't want to but i usually have no choice. I'd rather pay them than have them drag my car to their station where it'll be damaged and i'd still have to pay for it to be released.

Due process is not really due process in a developing nation. If you claim to know your right you'll end up paying so much time and resources. At the end of the day you'll wonder why u didn't just pay them and leave.

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@ poster

ur english na wa o

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I dont know about police not accepting or demanding a bribe in Nigeria. It seems as rampant as citizens who use it for an easier life. I have heard that some task force members are not so easily bribed though. My mother was on a bus in Abuja which was overloaded with passangers. When they were stopped by the task force, the driver said to her they were not easily bribed like the police are, instead they emptied the bus of people and gave the driver a lecture about how he was in the wrong for driving in such an unsafe manner. My mum witnessed that, so at least that is one instance of someone just doing their job rather than soliciting a bribe.

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I am sure somewhere to you all those excuses make sense, but here is a challenge. Instead of offering us more silly excuses for why it will not work. DO it and then we can, after all of us have tried it, find out if it will work or not.

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You knew that your papers were okay based on what the police man later said, yet You and Okey maybe out of desperation decided to offer the policeman a bribe.You can see you're your own worst enemy.You can see that intelligent, honest and GOD fearing policemen and women still exists in this nation.This is one of thousands of them who are there to defend the integrity of this nation which they swear to uphold.

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@Kobojunkie and Jesarmy

You guys really need to stop. There's corruption everywhere (U.S.A included). It's just limited. To expect that bribery and corruption in Nigeria will be reduced by refusing to pay officers is ludacris.

Mind you, most people don't offer bribes for these officers. . . THEY DEMAND IT. They are out there to get you. You would have a point if most people go around without papers and offer bribes, or use one way roads and offer bribes to get away. Those are the ones you need to be addressing.

Check out another scenario.

Do you know that LASTMA and police officer have several gimmicks used to make money off people :

Do you know that the LASTMA guy (somewhere at the allen roundabout in ikeja) would stylishly wave that you should pass and suddenly stop you. In a split second, an officer would approach you and tell you that you disobeyed a traffic official (no one should start any argument about this because a relative of the officer confirmed it). The next thing they'll tell you is that you have to pay up or go to their office. The legal fine in lagos for disobeying a traffic official in lagos is N150, 000 plus a trip to the psychiatric hospital as well as your 3yr tax clearance. Would you agree to pay the official or go to their station to prove that you are not guilty?

Please don't tell me you'll go to the station because thats a blatant lie. You'll end up paying 150,000 plus time wasted for committing no offence?

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The funniest thing was that a few weeks ago the police minister was telling us police are performing beyond expectation.

http://naijareports.blogspot.com/2009/02/police-are-performing-beyond.html

Next week i might tell you some of my experience with them both personally and in official capacity,

Like how do police collect money for bail without breaking the law, do you know the most expensive files are bought in the police station and what a lady IPO told me and i finally gave up etc,

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It is not about them but more about us!!!

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So after all these "Inspector Gadgets' recording, what is next, you post it in the newspaper, online, youtube and all that, what what will follow?

The people in power in Nigeria dont give a damn, dont even have access to online resources and those that does, dont care, they are busy thinking of how to steal more money.

Will be a good watch on You tube sha.

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I am for that. we need to work to record the names and faces so that when we do start seeing change, we can make sure that these men pay for their crimes against us.

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Yes, that is when the leopard has changed its skin.

lol

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most of these people are

uneducated, so hat do u expect?

U can also try it,

extorting N20 from each person

that passes ur way everyday.

How are u gonna stop.when no one to attack

or sue you.

And take this,many of them are sent by

thier ogas them!!

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Ok,  I apologise!. When you said pennywise pound foolish, I thought that meant you paid. I am glad there are people like you out there. I am hopeful that with more, we can rid ourselves of this scurge that plagues our society, as quickly as possible!

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In my Opinion a nigerian Police can refuse bride. An average nigerian police man is a a typical nigerian. the police force reflects the maral decadeness in the society. If some people can stand out in their various feilds and stand for the truth then a police man can. but the problem here is when his superiors are bad which is the situation in many cases its almost impossible but it possible.

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For the records I did not, but I regretted not paying it.

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That does not explain anything. Did you or did you not pay bribe? Simple YES OR NO will suffice !

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I suggest you get hold of your reading lenses. For the avoidance of doubt this was what I said:

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I think you are the one missing the point here. You said you were offered an official paper, right? But at that point you decided paying the bribe was the more correct thing to do at that point, right? Basically, that you paid the bribe at all is still wrong. Simple!!

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You missed the point. Obviously I know bribery is a crime and that was why I refused to succumb to it when I was asked to offer it for not showing them the reciept for the purchase of my vehicle plate number, so I ask you again at what stage did I offer bribe?

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Then it should have occured to you that many of them signed up because of the incentives the bribery and corruption brings to the party.

Monthly salary plus tonnes of money they make from dodgy citizens, illegal arrest, dodgy transactions and seizure of goods.

There was a time policemen in Lagos were seizing fuel in jerrycans/kegs and they sell it and take the proceeds home without question.

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I expected in thsi era of Rule of Law the police authorities would do some thing on the bribe issue either by set up a task force or by resanitazing the force with effect training, value reorientation, refresher courses in their training institutions. In fact there is the need for general repositioning of the force to go with ever developing trend in todays world,

Thank God with this new e-payment issue police authorities/Management Sharp-Sharp, Cut-cut would be remove once and for all, Thank You Mr President and his Economic Team especially the Accountant General the police ( junior officer)  are greatful for invasions/ideas keep it off.

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How do we as a people come up with a solution and force the govt to do what is right?Enough of admiring the problems,let us come with practical ways of sanitising Naija.

What are the media houses doing in Nigeria?What can we do as individuals? as families?and as communities?religious entities?e.t.c

A police trying to take bribe in the U.S would make the headlines on Good Morning America the following day and for all you know the sunglasses that guy behind the wheels is wearing or the pen on that guy's shirt or the decorative piece on the dashboard may be a camcorder recording every bit of the transaction.In a nutshell the citizenry themselves have devised ways of protecting themselves by having solid evidences.

The truth is until we see the problem as real evil and have a individual heart committment to fight it in whatever little way we can,the problem will persist.

Some food for thought:

What will happen if every member of a family decides they would not give bribes ,A church community decides not to give bribes,the people in a specified area commit not to give bribes,commutters/drivers begin to wear covert security devices such as pencorders,glasses e.t.c to record illegal activities on our roads and send them to our media houses for publicity?

I believe strongly Nigerians are very intelligent people,please let us direct our God given potentials to fostering solutions to these problems instead of engaging each other in war of words.I look forward to more ideas of what can be done to salvage our dear country.

Shalom,

Jesarmy

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Well, penny wise, pound foolish. Never mind that you committed a crime by choosing to pay bribe instead?

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I used to be very stubborn with the police and it has been working for me, until the day I was stopped and asked for the receipt for the plate number of my car. I was incensed and refused to path with any 'egunje'.

I was taken to the station, after wasting like 2 hours explaining to the DPO, he ordered that I should be allowed to go. I was shocked when I was asked to pay for "Releasing" the car. I went back to the DPO, he referred me back to IPO and lo and behold he brought out an official form that must fill before any car could be allowed to leave the police premises and it attracts a fee of N1,500.

At that point I guess it was penny wise pound foolish!

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I am a frequent driver. I even got to know some of the cops along my usual route and they knew I would stand and chat with them for as long as it took but no money for them. As for my lecturers, I was booted out of medical school in my 3rd year as a result of my not being willing to pay bribe to lecturers who refused to score my exam papers. Any more excuses?

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Fact is that the average policeman in Nigeria is a criminal in uniform. It has nothing to do with their salary which they knew before they signed up

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I have heard of bizzare encounters with the nigerian police. Infact, the institution is demonic . Please don't be angry that I spoke this way, it is borne out of experience.

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No!!! I think policemen see bribes as the profit resulting from a business transaction.

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quote author=Kobojunkie link=topic=235146.msg3485414#msg3485414 date=1234991448]

I have never paid bribe to any policeman in Nigeria. My father has not. My mum does not. We are alive and kicking. Sure, you get bruised in some cases and others you get delayed but there are thousands out there who choose not to bribe and accept the consequence and they are human beings with blood flowing through their veins like you and I. It is not impossible; it is done daily across that same country. There are many who have paid bribe and still gotten killed or beaten up for not paying enough. Can we please dispense with the FEAR mongering and start seeing the policemen who what they really are?

Why would I need to bribe an armed robber who is ROBBING ME? Seems every tom privates and harry has a story of how we should all FEAR Olopa, but at the end of the day, we agree that not all Olopa kill because of bribe. Can’t we see what we are doing to our own selves here?

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If you have bribe Nigeria police before, that means you are not a frequent driver or you are still in Driving School. If i may ask, what about your lecturers have you bribe any before? Nobody Holy pass my brother,

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Blame our leaders who have fallen short of dignity in service. I f our leaders change for good , who is that policeman that will not change for good?

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Do you guys drive in lagos at all. 95% of drivers have their papers. It only takes 3 days to get a 5000 naira licences now sef.

Its not about papers alone. The police will use anything to get you. If you have all your papers, they'll ask for fire extinguishers. Even with the papers sef, they'll start asking you for poo like eot, mot, customs. The day i heard eot, i was like "get the f out of here, oga you made that one up na"

They try to get you on all sorts of frivolous claims. The thing is that most people know their rights but why would you argue with a policeman for 2hrs when you can pay up and leave.

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if nigerian men Keep to their Rules and Regulations by having all the necessary documents in thier vehicle, it will be a corruption for them to pay bribe or receive bribe.

pls dont give and dont receive be a patriotic nigerian

kingsley say so

dont be afraid of police be careful of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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You should have posted this yesterday. I don born again for today. Make una leave me alone juh

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My guy, it depends on how often/the places you drive to in Lagos.

Guess you didn't drive that much when you were in lagos.

Check this out. I'm driving on a route and all of a sudden a police office jumps in front of my ride. They force me to pull over and get into my car. They tell me that i am on a "one way" road. I screamed and said where the hell is the sign. They take me back and lord behold i see a small sign with the "no entry" sign. I could have sworn they intentionally used the trees to cover the sign and then released it when they brought me back to look at it. They said they would confiscate my car and take it to their station or i pay up.

Since you claim you've never paid bribe, i'm guessing you would have allowed them to take the car to their station?

While i didn't see the sign (which they intentionaly make inconspicous in order to catch people) the fact is that i was guilty of using a "one way".

I paid up and left the scene. Do you know what happens to your vehicle if it gets to their station? Trust me you would rather pay them than having to go to their station for one week or more to release your car (funny thing is that, they would f.uck up your car at their garage).

Even Pastors pay up in naija men. If you drive frequently, you will have to pay some time.

THE POLICE INTENTIONALLY LET YOU DISOBEY TRAFFIC SO THEY CAN EXPLOIT YOU.

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y the hostile statements Atown?is it necessary?

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"A Senator collects #2,480,000 as basic monthly salary and still demands for Ghana -Must-Go, is it the policeman that collects #26,000 as monthly salary that will fight corruption?."

its true,salary paid to policemen are not even enough to feed not to talk of paying school fees.so bride are a kind of way to support themselves.

to top it civilians are too afraid to face the law

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Police will refuse bribe if civilians can comport themselves and do the right thing @ d right time.But becareful with policeman with riffle!

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So the fact that you COMMIT a crime by giving BRIBE should be put aside? You really think you are victim here?

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