Nigerian Police Force(NPF) has gunned down the latest ranking by The
International Police Association and the Institute for Economics and
Peace, that puts it at the bottom of the world police formations.
2016 World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI) credited to the
two organisations, rated the Nigerian police the worst in the world. The
ranking measured the ability of the Police to address Internal Security
Issues in 127 Countries in four key areas of Capacity, Process,
Legitimacy and Outcomes.
The report, according to a report by Cable, showed that Nigeria under-performed on all four domains, with a score of 0.255.
are 219 police officers for every 100,000 Nigerians, well below both
the Index median of 300, and the sub-Saharan Africa region average of
268,” the report read.
limits the capacity of the force to measure up to its law and order
mandate. In terms of process, legitimacy and outcomes, the story is not
different which makes the force fall short of the required standard.
levels of political terror have been an issue for Nigeria since 1993,
with the country scoring a 4 on the Political Terror Scale every year
to the report, the top 10 performing African countries are Botswana
which ranked highest at 47, followed by Rwanda which took the 50th
Others are Algeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Ghana, South Africa and Mali, in that order.
10 under-performing African countries are Madagascar (111th), Zambia
(112th), Ethiopia (115th), Sierra Leone (117th), Cameroon (120th),
Mozambique (122nd), Uganda (124th), Kenya (125th), Democratic Republic
of Congo (126th).
a statement today, the NPF trashed the assessment as unempirical and
instead proclaimed itself one of the best in the world.
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”, said the police in a preface to their statement of
objection to the report .
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
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.
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 a population
estimates of One Hundred and Eighty Millions (180,000,000) Nigerians.
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.
in the UN Peace Keeping System, the Nigeria Police Force is rated as
the best in UN Peace keeping 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.
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.
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 standardisation 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
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”.