It is only natural that a body entrusted with the responsibility of protecting lives and properties, ought to carry out its duties with sincerity of purpose, integrity and concentration on global best practices, among others. But have the Nigeria police lived up to these expectations? Well, almost every adult Nigerian sure has one story, good or bad, to tell about the Nigeria Police.
Unfortunately, one of such experiences
In the car were also items and stuff they would need for the period of time they would be in the Southeast, even after the burial. But somewhere in Kogi state, about five
The driver of the car was asked to park well, which he did and the usual questions ensued. He was asked for the particulars of the car and after going through them, he was also asked for the driver’s
Though everything was in order, the officers were not satisfied with the situation, and so went on to ask for the receipt of the number plate of the car. Really? That was quite
Not even the widow or the driver had ever heard of this. And they expressed so to the mean-looking policemen, who
The widow even pleaded that rather than detain them at that dangerous spot with all the problems of Fulani herdsmen around the area, they should be taken to the station where she could make further inquiry from their (police
And the widow just couldn’t see why she should reward such act of impunity and corruption with her hard earned money, since that was actually what the whole drama was all about. As a result, they spent almost the next hour at the spot talking to ‘the deaf,’ so to speak.
Ordinarily, a number plate of a car should be proof/receipt on
It is possible that while the policemen concentrated their attention on a clean traveler that had no need for them, some criminals may have had
It is also possible that many cases of innocent victims of violent crime on the same highways may not have received prompt, adequate help as their attackers or whatever else may have befallen them would go unchallenged while the policemen responsible for ensuring safety on the road shamelessly busied themselves in extortion.
As I couldn’t figure how a number plate receipt in this instance could be the business of the policemen, I recalled a directive by the police high command that any policeman checking vehicle particulars on the highway is on illegal duty.
Like those before him, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) on assumption of duty, had directed officers and men of the force to desist from subjecting road users to unnecessary nightmare, intimidation and extortion under the guise of checking of vehicle particulars, instead of taking measures to ensure safety on the highway.
The IGP had made it clear that violation of this directive would be met with adequate sanctions. From all indications, this directive, which is actually a sing song of every IGP you may have heard of, is not adhered to because
The police high commander must therefore do something about this fraudulent act and many others that tell negatively on the image of the institution, such that when ordinary folks come across the term: ‘Police is your friend,’ they could read it without the risk of biting their tongues.
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