Again Nigeria Tops the Chat as Police Ranked Worst Globally for Corruption


Police Index (WISPI) has declared the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) as the number-one worst police department in the world

Once again, Nigeria has taken the lead, but this time, it’s not a position to be proud of. The World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI) has declared the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) as the number-one worst police department in the world, shining an unflattering spotlight on the force’s track record of corruption and misconduct.

The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has been ranked as the worst police department globally by the World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI). This ranking highlights the consistent failure of the NPF to maintain law and order, reflecting a disturbing trend of corruption and misconduct within the force.

The NPF’s disregard for legal norms, including court orders and constitutional provisions, has contributed to its dismal record. Moreover, the widespread use of roadblocks for extortion rather than legitimate security checks has become a common practice across the nation, affecting both motorists and pedestrians.

One of the most notorious units, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), has gained international infamy for its brutal treatment of innocent citizens, leading to tragic fatalities. Incidents of extrajudicial killings, torture, wrongful arrests, bribery, and corruption are prevalent within the NPF, often without consequences for the perpetrators.

Despite the recent disbandment of the SARS unit following nationwide protests, corruption remains pervasive within the NPF. Many officers continue to act with impunity, disregarding the law and perpetuating a cycle of misconduct and abuse.

Three Ways Nigerian Citizens Can Help Address Police Corruption

  1. Demand Accountability: Nigerian citizens can demand accountability from law enforcement agencies by reporting instances of corruption, abuse of power, or misconduct. By speaking out and documenting such incidents, citizens can contribute to the evidence required for investigations and legal actions against corrupt officers.


  1. Support Reforms Citizens can support initiatives and organizations advocating for police reforms and the eradication of corruption within the NPF. This can include participating in peaceful demonstrations, signing petitions, or engaging in public discourse to raise awareness about the need for change.


  1. Promote Transparency: Encouraging transparency within the NPF can help combat corruption. Citizens can advocate for the implementation of measures such as body cameras for officers, open access to police records, and independent oversight committees to monitor police activities. Transparency initiatives can help deter misconduct and hold accountable those who engage in corrupt practices.


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