Gist :- We Are Not The Worst Police Force In The World” – Nigerian Police Reacts To Report

The Nigerian police force has reacted to a
viral report stating that it is the worst rated
Police outfit in the world. In a statement
signed by Police PRO, CSP Jimoh Moshood,
obtained by PoliticsNGR, the Nigerian
police counters the report stating that it is
‘One of the best in the world and the best
in Africa’. The statement read;· Nigeria

Police Force is the best in UN Peace
Keeping Operations, Best in Africa, One of
the Best in the World. The Force rejects the
report as unempirical and absolute
falsehood, should be disregarded and
discountenanced.

· IGP Assures Nigerians, International
Community and Stakeholders Of Policing
with Integrity and International Core
Values and World Best Practices.

The attention of the Nigeria Police Force
has been drawn to The Cable News Online
of today, 10th November, 2017 captioned
“NIGERIA POLICE RATED WORST IN THE
WORLD”, on the 2016 World Internal
Security and Police Index (WISPI) credited
to two (2) bodies, The International Police
Association and the Institute for Economics
and Peace. The report claimed to have
measured the ability of the Police to
address Internal Security Issues in 127
Countries in four (4) key areas of Capacity,
Process, Legitimacy and Outcomes.

2. The Nigeria Police Force after a careful
study of the report and the news items
emanating from it, wishes to state
categorically that the report is entirely
misleading, a clear misrepresentation of
facts and figures and essentially
unempirical, considering the area of
coverage of the report which was said to
have been carried out in 2016 by the
above-mentioned associations.

3. The report did not take into cognisance
the significant improvement in the areas of
Capacity Building, Training and Re-training
of the entire personnel of the Force as
provided for by the current Federal
Government of Nigeria and other Foreign
and Local NGOs which has greatly
improved the efficiency and service
delivery of the personnel of the Force
throughout the country.

4. It is pertinent to state that the
instruments used to evaluate the
performance of the Force vis-à-vis that of
other countries is absolutely incorrect and
grossly inadequate and therefore a plain
distortion of facts and figures. The strength
of about Three Hundred and Seventy
Thousand (370,000) Police Personnel in the
country stands at around One (1)
Policeman to less than Six Hundred (600)
people in population estimates of One
Hundred and Eighty Million (180,000,000)
Nigerians.

5. It is equally significant to state that the
current recruitment of additional Ten
Thousand (10,000) Police Personnel into the
Force by the Federal Government of
Nigeria and the request by the Inspector
General of Police to Government for
approval of the recruitment of Thirty One
Thousand (31,000) Police Personnel yearly
for a period of 5years will definitely
increase the strength of the Force to meet
up with the UN ratio of One (1) Policeman
to Four Hundred (400) citizens.

6. Furthermore, in the UN Peace Keeping
System, the Nigeria Police Force is rated as
the best in UN Peacekeeping operations in
the world. This clearly shows that the
Nigeria Police Force is not and cannot be
the worst in the world under any known
scientific yardstick or measuring
instrument.

7. Currently, the Nigeria Police Force is one
of the only two African Delegates
representing the whole of Africa continent
on the executive committee of Interpol, a
position the Force attained based on high
performance, merit and sustained good
track records.

8. For avoidance of doubt, since the
inception of the present Police
administration in July 2016, the Inspector
General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris
NPM, mni, he has introduced and
implemented diverse internal reforms
aimed at improving capacity building and
efficient service delivery of the personnel
of the Force, which is yielding positive
results in the standardization of the
capability of the Nigeria Police Force to
deal with violent crimes and terrorism
throughout the country. The establishment
and take-off of a world-class Terrorism
Investigation Bureau for the Force with
state-of-the-art equipment and technical
support from foreign partners has greatly
improved the capacity of the Force to deal
with threats posed to internal security in
this regard.

9. However, it must be pointed out that the
Nigeria Police Force sees the report as a
clear demonstration of mischief, ignorance
and calculated attempt to distort the feat
being recorded by the Force in ensuring
adequate security and safety of Nigerians.

Nowhere in the report were references
made to either the improved capacity or
achievements recorded by the Nigeria
Police Force across the country in the
recent time, the Force, therefore, implores
all Nigerians and international community
to disregard the report as unfounded and
misleading.

10. The renewed determination of the
Force to adhere to Internal Police Reforms
for greater efficiency in service delivery
and conform to standard principles,
building trust and confidence in the
citizenry for their safety remain
unequivocal and unwavering.”

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