Nigerian Police College in Lagos a hazard—not fit for living

It’s hard to find a Nigerian who has something positive to say about Nigerian police officers. And you can’t blame them. You would be short of flattering adjectives too if you have ever been assaulted or harassed by a Nigerian police officer—or if you have ever had to pay ridiculous bribe every time you came in contact with one.

But I don’t think half of the nation is aware of the plight the officers face—myself included. When it comes to the issue of government vs. the people, I’ve mostly seen things from the perspective of the citizens, those who are supposed to be served and protected but who actually get the short end of the stick.

Nigerian police officers are citizens too. They suffer in the hands of self-indulgent leaders. A recent documentary by Sahara Reporters, reveals this ugly truth. The documentary exposes the Nigerian Police College in Lagos, where food is so scarce that officers get two small scoops of rice and a pinch of fish for a meal. If that isn’t bad enough, imagine 240 officers sharing 3 disgusting toilets and less than a handful of showers that are so gross that your fingers might fall off if you touched anything in that space. The college, where police officers live and train, is so inhumane, non-hygienic that you would be scared to stand in that environment for more than a few minutes for fear of catching something.

How can we expect high performance—or even honest performance—from police officers when all the government does is treat them like dirt, killing moral, respect and dignity. These are the people who put their lives at stake. If the government is not ethical in the way it conducts itself, how can the same be expected of the people it employs?

Some food for thought the next time you are a victim or witness of police bribery in Nigeria. That doesn’t make it right, but it’s the harsh reality—a vicious cycle.

Watch the documentary by SaharaReporters:

The bathroom issue

The food dilemma

Full report of the documentary

Advertisements

~ by omonaij on February 3, 2013.

Comment on this post!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
The pretty looks

voice of a Nigerian abroad

The Bougie Life

voice of a Nigerian abroad

omonaij

voice of a Nigerian abroad

African Remy

UK natural - Me and my Nigerian hair :)

Shanscapes!

Escape with me to the world of Fashion, Travel, Cinema, and all things Natural

HERMAJESTY_M

All Things Natural

Musings of a Crazy Nigerian

Ramblings of a 419er/Dictator/Oil-rich Madman

voice of a Nigerian abroad

Happy Wives Club

voice of a Nigerian abroad

Farafina Books

voice of a Nigerian abroad

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Writer Official Site

Klassy Kinks

voice of a Nigerian abroad

Coily, Kinky, Curly

My Natural Hair Journey

Health & Wellness by Lexa's Journal

My mission in life is to not merely survive, but to thrive: and do so with passion, compassion, humor, and style. - Maya Angelou

Afrophire Magazine

Your Brighter Life Guide

Amirah B Free Blog

Author * Singer * Life Coach * Yoga/ZUMBA Instructor * Naturalista * Mom

Wild Hair Beauty

voice of a Nigerian abroad

The Natural Mane

voice of a Nigerian abroad

Mingo's World

voice of a Nigerian abroad

%d bloggers like this: