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Can Nigeria Police Be Reformed? How?

Nearly everyone in Nigeria has experienced the failure of the police to carry out their duty to uphold the law - from aiding and abetting election Mal-practices to different stories of extortion, bribery and failure to investigate reported crimes to logical conclusion. Everyday we witness how our human rights are being violated by our law enforcement officers. They arbitrarily arrest and imprison people which in many cases resulted in extra - judicial killings.

We cannot allow this jungle justice to continue if we are to believe the rule of law being touted by our government. So what are the prospect of improving the performance and conduct of our police and how do we go about it?

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Imagine the level of indiscipline and lawlessness among some Nigerian Police officers who should know better!  Then think of employees of other organizations and see why it is necessary to sack the entire National Police Force, start all over again and see how it turns out hopefully, it will turn out for the best. God bless you brother for speaking out and also giving us a glimpse of why we have rotten eggs in the Police Force!

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Reforming the Nigerian police can first be achieved by getting rid of the old ones and reforming the system. Infrastructure, orientation, equipments and incentives should also be improved. Besides that, NO , no hope of reformation.

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NOT POSSIBLE!!![/i]

Every policeman in Lagos wants to ride in the yellow danfo's picking

up innocent people. One in every 5buses in Lagos is packed with

armed kidnappers claiming cops. Each squad has a daily target they must meet and

return to the DPO at the station. Increasing the salary will only cause

more harm to civilians.

Most of the displaced touts at Orile Iganmu and Amukoko[i] ended up

joining the police force. A former class mate of mine that was jailed 10years for

cultism was realeased when he agreed to join the police force. Although he died early this

year, he was a self confessed murderer. Imagine such a character.

Meanwhile someone should tell them to respect themselves and stop smoking weed[i][/i] in

uniform at the Okada park of Alaka end of Bode Thomas broad day light.

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police can be refined only if central bank will stop printing twenty twenty naira

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us national guard is federal military police on limited duty

fbi is federal police

state troopers are statepolice

sherrifs are county police

NYPD and LAPD are city police

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hell no.

nigeria doesnt have police, they have inland pirates

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Absolutely yes but it has to be done in fazes Firstly i think they need a reorientation and proper education I am proposing the Nigeria police college be converted into a police university and the cadets should be made to go through a four year intensive course so that when they come out of that institution it will be with high esteem and complete decorum.

Because i think that the major problem they have is the lack of direction and focus,they see themselves as a tool that can be tossed away whenever so majority of them see the job as an opportunity to shore up and that drives them deeper into aiding and abetting crime cum extorting money from motorists and what have you.

Secondly is the outright flushing out of the sworn bad eggs amongst them and with close monitoring other prospective bad eggs can be discovered and reformed , and thirdly the remuneration given to them as security officers is poor i think the govt should start looking in the direction of a substancial increment at least that will help buy back the confidence of the God fearing ones amongst them.

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The NPF is too old, too corrupt, and dilapidated to fix - and it is not working! State and city policing by a local law enforcement entities would work better. And yes the good ones out of the local enforcement should be promoted to the National level. If the structure is changed completely, then there is oportunity to raise the entry requirements into the force - why continue to build on a shaky foundation, when it will be cheaper to start another solid foundation with all the new technology availabe. Policing works in the US, we should copy their system.

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That is simply NOT possible. Compared to the EFCC that is just a baby in comaprison with other agencies, the Nigeria Police Force boasts of a whole wealth of knowledge and experience in law-enforcement, intelligence gathering, and a whole lot of activities that dates from the 1800s to the present period. Hell, the then National S ecurity Organisation (NSO) which was later dissolved to form the State Security Service (SSS) and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) (and in some part, the Defence Intelligence Agency DIA) were ALL created from the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). And guess what, these agencies were first staffed by police officers and will always be staffed by officers (except for the DIA that is now under the full control of Defence HQ/Military). Even the EFCC that you talk about is manned and controlled by the NPF at the very top and at core positions. You simply cannot replace the NPF with the EFCC. The EFCC is just made up of lawyers and other civilians, while the main law-enforcing arm of that agency which handles the main arrests is being handled by a unit of the Nigeria Mobile Police (MOPOL), which in turn is a branch of the NPF. You simply cannot do away with the NPF. It won't work.

By the way, we already have our own form of the US FBI, and that is the SSS. The only difference is that the Nigerian SSS combines similar activities of the US Secret Service (VIP Protection) with that of the FBI (Internal Intelligence Gathering, Counter-Espionage, Law-enforcement). Other activities like money laundering is handled by the NDLEA along with its primary role of counter-narcotics.

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NO! The ranking files are way too corrupt for there to be any kind of meaningful reform. One possible solution would be to form a new state and city police force that cater only to their respective states, while the EFCC operates as a Federal police with jurisdiction across state lines – similar to the FBI in the US. And the minimum requirement for entry into the City force would be University Degree or equivalent degree through the police academy. Entry into the State Police would be at least 4 years service in the City Police Force. And minimum pre-req for entry into the EFCC would be 4 years service in the State Police.

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They should all have the equivalent of an associate's degree and those who are already there should be given 3 years to get one provided ASUU does not strike for 3 years. These police officers cannot even write a statement. If someone wanted to go back and open a case there is nothing to go with. Training and providing them with whatever tools they need to police the country

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Reform you say, Not in Nigeria. The police can only be reformed if we operate it like the USA did. Examples are

a. National or Federal Police eg.National Guard/FBI

b. State Police eg. NYPD, LAPD etc like in the US

c. Local Police eg. County Police

One each locally has it police, why would criminals come to Lagos and kidnap somebody yet ransome would be demanded from another state. If the local police does not flush out the criminals from the locality, the Federal Police as we have their are just wasting tax payers money.

How can you send an Northerner man to police in Bayelsa state, a region he knows little or nothing apart. Most persons always say this method won't work, they politicians who hijack it. Good thought i would say, but if a politician hijack the local police, can he escape the one of the state and federal ones. Crime is Crime and must be treated as such. If the general populace is secured, who cares if the politicians want to hijack it. The present situation is worse because the police is now meant for the man who has the money to pay for them. Is it not the same politician who has hijacked it.

Please for any reform to be meaningful, local policing is the key to all crime solving. Use the locals, their are many communities in Nigeria surviving by using vigilantes'. How long are we going to leave in a country where policing has become for the rich and the influential.

We don't have a database as a Nation, so what would spending billions for equipment be for, a ware house?

Please reform the structure of the Police first, gradually the corrupt ones would have be sent to their locally. They won't be able to abuse their own brother's and sister's right.

My thoughts shaa.

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The whole system is corrupt. We need some God fearing leaders among police.

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Do u know what they call TUFIAKWA?

Am I correct?

That is what Nigeria police force is!

Nigeria Is Blessed!

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#slaughter

Just getting to know that today

Nigeria Is Blessed!

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So obviously your rights had been violated, what are going to do about it? Nothing. This is the problem 140 million Nigerians are facing everyday. This cannot go on any more; where is the rule of law, Akiyunli and Yar Ardua take note.

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^You are right, they are paramilitary units. I considered only the armed forces in my earlier reply.

My bad.

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@ jaybee2412, my second post was in response to those made by beaf and chenss. Classifying the police force is simply wrong. That said, like every institution, be it military, paramilitary, or civilian, ought to be accountable for their actions. This includes the police Force.

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What exactly do you mean? Does that make them unaccountable for their actions?

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the Nigeria Police Force is NOT a civilian establishment but rather a PARAMILITARY force created to preserve law and order and uphold the law. Police men and women (officers, NCOs, and rank-and-files) are NOT civilians.

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Nothing is irredeemable, if u put ur mind 2 it

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I will be lying if I said that there aren't a lot of issues with the police force. But I strongly believe that this force (which happens to be as old as most of the armed forces, and the parent unit of all the intelligence agencies) can be reformed. This must include the weeding out of bad eggs/corrupt officers. Any reform must also include an improvement in the pay package of officers, NCO and the rank-and-file; constables are paid peanuts and it can't even take them or their families thru a single day. these men and women risk their lives every single day, so it's only fair and imperative that the federal govt takes good care of them.

Further improvements must include the refurbishment of all police colleges and the academies, improved training doctrines, provision of adequate equipment to enforce the law. There's also a need for the police force to improve on programs that were designed the relationship btw the force and civilians (public relations).

Finally, we Nigerians have to play our own part in appreciating and supporting the police force. Whether you believe it or not, these men and women are always out there everyday to protect us, and some have paid the ultimate price. Thus a little support (and constructive criticisms) from us Nigerians will also help

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^They are civilians.

The only difference is they carry guns and fight for corruption.

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police should just see themselves as civilians

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Topic.

They can. How? Simply eradicate coruption and mobilize able minds.

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Guys abeg, we are not answering the question.

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Increase their salary!.thats the simple solution, the only reason why they collect bride and can be easily manipulated is because they income insnt sufficient, if that can be settled i dont think they'll need anybody's money

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^I still suggest boko haraming the lot (except ya uncle goes awol).

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Actually,my uncle na eke(policeman),if d house has agreed 2 exterminate all men in black,please spare him,hez a gud guy,a gud broke guy.

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It is impossible for the nigerian police to be reformed.The police system is corrupt from the top to the very least person.

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Soon there will be no police in Nigeria and there will be peace.

P.O.L.I.C.E force will be eradicated very soon.

what will replace them?

i do not know for now till then.

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It's possible it was a network problem

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Instead of looking for armed robbers and kidnappers, the police will hire bus and be huntings boys walking on the street, on top of bike and inside car searching phones for international numbers. If they see a flash in your hand, your own don finish, even though na your school books and project dey inside, them go say you be yahoo boys.Now we cannot carry laptop again because of these highly corrupt men.

The police is supposed to be a professional body and not for these semi-illiterate that cannot even speak good english.

If we trully have a sincere government, we can trully solve some of these bribe taking by police by encouraging individuals that can produce video clips of police collecting bribe both in road block and in the office. I have a spy camera and i can produce plenty of them. Then the police found guilty will be publicly executed.

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The dumb cops should all be hanged and just before they die should be cut down and shot between the eyes. Or they should be forgiven and then sacked!

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Some of my friends went to a hotel in benin to drink. meanwhile there was a guest lodging in the hotel that snatched a car from warri. The police from warri were able to trace the car to the hotel maybe because the car has GPS service. Intially, wen they got to the hotel and seeing the car, they called the nearest police station in benin and they came with about 3 vans, they packed everybody in the hotel, all the guest and the people drinking in the bar to the policestation. Finally the guy that snatched the car was identified, he was in posession of some things in the car and even the car owner rightly identified him. the police from warri now took him away and ordered the DPO of that police station to release the other guys(about 15-18). After those police left, the bleeping DPO said they have to do further verification and ordered for the detantion of the guys, they were beaten with cutlass and slept the cell, the following day, they have to bail each with #7,000.

This really pained me, by the way where does the money for bailing go to because its boldly engraved in all policestation that Bail is free and we should not pay for it.

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How about boko haraming. . . why not?

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The dumb cops should all be hanged and just before they die should be cut down and shot between the eyes. Or they should be forgiven and then sacked!

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@cadaver, you don die before? Pun intended. You wan reach 100 posts per day.

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I suggest recruitin and trainning a new police by sourcing from NYSC. pay off the semi illiterates we currently have as our police

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How can the body be reformed when the head is rotten?

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The solution is state/local govt  police .

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Nigerian police? Fcuz they can be reformed; tie them all 2 barrels and shoot dem on the forehead then recruit new cadets,it should serve as a deterrent to them. Only then would things change. The current bunch are a lost cause!

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