5 Crazy things Nigeria police must stop in 2017

The mode of operation of the police
force in any country, speaks a lot
about what the society would look
like, if there is one force that could be
blamed for the decadence in the
Nigeria, then it is none other than the
Nigerian Police Force (NPF).
Below are 5 practices by the NPF that
have been deemed insane, they are to
be abolished and the standards of the
force must be lifted a bit higher than
it is at the moment.

1. Arrest without warrant

This practice is totally unprofessional,
men of the NPF do not have the right
to just arrest anyone at will, the
individual being arrested has his
rights. The obtainable standard is that
there is a written warrant/
authorization to arrest whoever must
be arrested, in doing this, the rule of
law will be upheld.

5 Crazy things Nigeria police must stop in
2017

2. Unnecessary shootings

To a great extent, one will not be
wrong to say that many men clad in
police uniforms are trigger happy,
and this stems from the fact that they
lack proper training. The police is to
serve the civilian populace, civil being
the word, the streets are no
battlefields were sporadic shootings
are acceptable. Each policeman must
be made to account for every bullet
fired, that way sanity can be restored.
There are other means to bring people
to obey and be calm, other than
indiscriminate shooting.


5 Crazy things Nigeria police must stop in
2017

3. Stopping vehicles at random

A clear distinction must be made
between the operations of the police
and road safety operatives, because so
many times, the policemen keeping
going beyond their boundaries.


5 Crazy things Nigeria police must stop in
2017

It is funny to hear that sometimes the
policemen stop drivers for not having
their seat belts on, that is after they
must have asked for particulars and
have found no faults, but just so that
they can get something to hold unto,
they begin to ask for things that are
either irrelevant or are not withing
their jurisdiction.
The issue of road blocks must also be
checked, for many road blocks we
have today are illegal.

4. Bribe

The Nigeria Police Force have for too
long found it totally difficult to
dissociate itself from bribery, they
keep on evolving as regards the way
bribes are collected.
In more modern times, they have
learnt to use touts as their tax
collectors, so you do not see a man in
uniform asking you for money, the
miscreant collects while, the police
stands and watch; at the end of the
day, there is a sharing formula.

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It is sad to note that so many
criminals have got away scot-free just
by handing police men, a hundred
naira note. There cannot be a
restoration of law and order if the
police does not redeem its image by
refusing to accept bribes. For only
then, can the people fear and respect
them, as to obey and never flout the
law.

5. Stop claiming staff

This is one shameful practice that
men of the police force must shun, it
does not speak well of them,
especially after they must have taxed
the bus drivers and conductors,
having them to pay for what one
cannot account for.

Policemen should be more honorable,
they must be ready to pay what is due
as regards fare, and if the bus
operators want to be kind to them,
then so be it.

There is no how they can earn
respect, if they keep on seeking for
favors, they must take pride in paying
for services render, even as the
government is urged to pay policemen
that which is due and sufficient to
keep them doing their jobs with
utmost professionalism.

Too many cases of police misbehavior
are encountered on almost a daily
basis, only recently, a photographer,
Praise-Legend Onwuachu, said he had
to resort to grabbing and holding on
to the gun of a policeman, who was
about to shoot him while conducting a
search on him and his friends on
Monday, December 26.


5 Crazy things Nigeria police must stop in
2017

Onwuachu, who explained that he
was on his way back from covering an
event on Boxing Day, had driven from
Owerri, Imo State to Onitsha,
Anambra State without incident, until
he got to Nkpor Junction and
encountered a team of policemen.
He said a member of the team asked
him if he had a tinted glass permit,
which he said he had and was trying
to retrieve the document as he sat in
his car when one of them became
angry, asking, “So, you don’t want to
come down?”

Onwuachu said: “I told him I wanted to
get the document he asked for before
alighting from my car. Already angry, (it
seemed he was angry and drunk before
stopping us), he asked all of us (five men)
in the car to come down for a search.
“We complied and he started with the man
in front, he searched the boys with me and
harassed them, making derogatory
statements as he searched them.”
According to Onwuachu who owns a
media outfit, one of his friends
decided to leave after he had been
searched. He said the young man
went to the boot to pick his bag when
the policeman told him to bring it for
a search.

“He told the policeman to search it so he
could go. At this point, things escalated.
The policeman started calling him an
animal and several other names.
“I decided to come in at that point. I told
him in the most polite and gentle manner
that there was no reason to get agitated
and abusive, because we had obeyed his
orders. My intervention seemed to worsen
the situation as he said he had every right
to call him an animal for as long as he
wanted.”
He explained that the policeman
became aggressive and pushed the
man by the throat, at which point he
made the decision to step between the
policeman and his friend, telling the
policeman to stop the assault.
“I must admit, my voice wasn’t gentle at
this point, but whose voice would be in the
face of such violence? He then shifted his
attention to me and a lot happened within
minutes. He first slapped me, then held me
by my throat. I pushed his hands away
from my throat and that infuriated him the
more.
“Immediately I pushed his hands away,
shouting that I dared touch him, he
released the safety catch of his rifle, and
pointed it at me to shoot.
“In self-defence, and not having the luxury
of time, I hit the muzzle of the rifle away
from me and went for his gun to stop him,
as he seemed hell bent on shooting.
“As we fought for the gun, all his
colleagues came and it was a competition
of who was gonna ‘cork’ his gun fast
enough. Thankfully, the crowd that had
gathered got involved and physically held
them from shooting. With more people
involved and the threat of shooting gone,
they continued their assault, hitting me and
the other guy with their guns, kicking,
punching and slapping us. They left me
barely able to walk to my car, I still limp
as I type this.”
He said he took the action, which
many might interpret as stupid
because he did not want to join the
statistics of police victims.
Onwuachu identified some of the
policemen involved in the incident as
Umoh Aniekan, Okoi Okoi, Ekechi
Jacob, Inspector Kanu.
It was gathered that harassment in
that junction by the men stationed
there, said to be mobile policemen
from the MOPOL 3 unit in Enugu, was
nothing new.
Onwuachu told newsmen that he had
reported the case to the Police
Complaints Response Unit but had
received no reply or indication that
the case would be investigated.

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