#Endsars: High Time For A Police Reform By Akinremi Abdul Raheem Ayo
After studying the ongoing #Endsars trend on twitter, it won’t be an understatement to say that the Nigerian Police needs a serious reform. The police is meant to protect lives and property but instead reverse is the case. We are the ones protecting ourselves from them.
We’ve heard of Different cases of trigger happy corps. We’ve also recorded cases of police officers wrongly accusing and arresting people, drunk officers on duty, Collection of money for bails even though bail is said to be free, Sexual assaults, extortion from people and so on.
Gone are the days when you can gallantly work into a police station to sleepover after a night journey. You dare not try it these days. Now the question is what has gone wrong?
As Dolapo Badmus ( Lagos and Ogun state Police Public Relations officer) rightly said during an interview with a radio station, she said there is no sector in Nigeria that doesn’t have bad eggs and the Nigeria Police is no exemption. She went ahead to say that the Nigeria Police is the only force in Nigeria that takes strict actions against their officers.
If truly they’ve been taking actions, I want to say categorically that the actions are not enough. In fact before these officers are recruited, they need to be given adequate trainings both physically and psychologically . Majority of these officers you see on road blocks are not physically fit in fact there physiological level of fitness is zero. Though some of them are actually cool, smart and quite attractive but the problem is that you hardly find them at road blocks.
Police officers have been accused of extortion of money from people. This is actually what they are good at. But have you ever been to the police barracks?
My first and the last visit to a police barracks in isale-igbeyin, Abeokuta gave me a clear picture of the standard of living of the police officers. The standard of living to me is below average. One might begin to wonder if these people are short paid or not paid at all.
The bottom line is that something has to be done FAST. A total reform is the only way out of the current police mess we are experiencing.
Give them adequate training,give them time to time psychological assessments/evaluations, pay them as at when due, think of how to improve their lives, flush out the bad eggs and finally, Nigerians should also help the matter by reporting any police officer guilty of any offense as at when due.
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