Nigerians are done coping with the world’s worst police, they now want it entirely scrapped. #EndSARS
Barely a month after the Nigerian police was ranked the worst on earth by the Internal Security and Police Index International, WISPI, finally Nigerians can’t take it anymore, and they are now demanding that the government put an end to its Special Anti-robbery squad, infamously known as SARS.
Nigeria Police Force Ranks the Worst World
Last month, according to World Internal Security and Police Index International, WISPI, citing a 2016 report, Nigeria Police Force comfortably took the “worst” rank globally in terms of its ability to handle internal security challenges.
The credible report was released by the International Police Science Association, IPSA, and the Institute for Economics and Peace, an NPO that harnesses the contribution experts and scholars concerned with security work from all over the world.
The indices used in accessing 127 countries were based on four key areas, capacity, process, legitimacy and outcomes. Nigeria police performed worst on the index on all the four key areas, with a score of 0.255 ranked 127 below Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda and Pakistan. (DRC that has been fighting for decades have a better police force than Nigeria)
With only 219 police officers for every 100,000 Nigerians, rationing below both the Index median of 300, and the sub-Saharan Africa region average of 268, one had to wonder if the politicians and their cronies are the only people police exist to serve in Nigeria?
The report also stated that, “High 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 since then… Terrorism remains one of the greatest threats to internal security. Terrorism has increased dramatically over the last three years, with more than 62,000 people being killed in terrorist attacks between 2012 and 2014. The biggest rise in the last year occurred in Nigeria.”
Nigerians are done coping, hence the demand to end SARS
After years of harassment, kidnapping and extrajudicial killing by the SARS, Nigerians, young and old have taken to the internet to demand that the federal government scrap SARS, the hashtag #EndSARS compiles bitter stories from individuals who in past were molested by the security outfit.
In responds, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris ordered an immediate re-organisation of the unit nationwide. A statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Jimoh Moshood in Abuja, yesterday noted that under the current arrangement, SARS would be headed by a Commissioner of Police, in addition to immediate probe of the allegations levelled against the SARS.
Unfortunately this was after the same Jimoh went on denial claiming that politicians are responsible for the call to #EndSARS, exactly the same way he tried to refute the report that Nigeria ranks the earth worst police.
Anyway, the police also released a hot line for the public to channel their complain to; IGP X-SQUAD: 09026900729 (Calls), 09032278905 (SMS), 09035621377 (Whatsapp); Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Force Public Complaint Bureau: 07056792065 Calls/SMS/whatsapp; 08088450152 Calls/SMS/whatsapp, Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org