The inefficiency and unprofessional displays of the Nigerian Police is written boldly across the geographical hemisphere of the Nigerian state. An institution that accuses, arrests before investigating; an institution where the bad eggs far outweighs the very few decent ones; an institution that thrives and swims in the of crime and criminality; an institution that enlists the worst set of people in her society; an institution that have been established to protect lives and properties of the people, ironically cannot protect the lives and properties of their own personnel.
When an important institution of the government like the Nigerian Police eventually becomes a threat rather than a succor to the citizens, it is either such institution will have to be holistically overhauled or a more intensive re-orientation will be needed to be infused into her personnel. The Nigerian Police should ordinarily be the most transparent and organized institution of the government, unfortunately, it is the reverse.
The inefficiency and the unprofessional disposition of the Nigerian Police is mostly displayed when distress calls are made to them; there are 90% chances that they won’t respond immediately, and even when they eventually arrive to the crime scene some hours after the crime must have been perpetuated, they resort to mass arrest of innocent citizens under the pretense that they are carrying out preliminary investigation. What a callous way of investigating.
Until there is a total overhaul in the hierarchy of the Nigerian Police and recruitments are done on merit, the bad situation Nigerians have found themselves with this very important institution of the state will go from bad to worse. The suggestion of establishing a state police is completely out of it as the present Nigerian State emperor posture of some State Governors will make a mess of the present bad situation.
Until Nigerians brave up from their present fears and challenge the impunity of the Nigerian Police, they will continue to behave as those who have been placed above the law. Until multiple litigations are institution against the incessant police brutality and defamation of character, and are made to pay costly damages for their unlawful actions, the misdemeanors we see today with the Nigerian Police won’t stop anytime soon.