We hear things like…”Police reforms”, “The Nigerian Police are doing better”, “Change has come to the Nigerian Police” and so on, yet the World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI) for 2016 has rated the Police as the worst in the world.
WISPI was released by two bodies – the International Police Science Association, a non-profit organisation established in the year 2013 and, the Institute for Economics and Peace.
After Accessing 127 countries in four key areas of capacity, process, legitimacy and outcomes, the Nigerian Police was rated the worst scoring 0.255.
Nigeria was not alone in this international show of Shame, some other African countries like Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique and Cameroon were also rated badly.
As expected, the Nigerian Police Force, through its PRO CSP Jimoh Moshood has described the report as false as they are the “best” in Africa.
What CSP Jimoh Moshood may have forgotten is that the Nigerian Police can fool themselves but, not the entire world as every information is now on the Internet and available for people’s consumption in real time.
Human rights ratings for the Nigerian Police is now a ‘normal’ below-the-line phenomenon – reports confirm that; especially from the National Bureau of Statistics in August 2017, which described the Nigerian Police as the number one bribe taker in Nigeria.
This WISPI report is the long-term effect of taking 100 naira bribe, killing motorist for a 20 naira bribe, following Nigerians to ATM to empty their bank accounts, drinking to stupor at parties and killing celebrants, being found culpable in robbery and kidnapping activities, collecting hefty sums of money for investigation and bail, despite the constant claim of Bail is Free from the force men.
At the moment, the number one Police officer in Nigeria, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris is battling with an allegation of pocketing 120 Billion Naira Police fund, and instead of answering to the allegations, he is using the court to evade probe by the Senate.
The atrocities and misgivings of the Nigerian Police Force are endless. As a result, the Police is enjoined to see the WISPI report as a wake-up call to reposition the force for better service delivery.