A Survey of Police Operations and Insecurity in Nigeria

A Survey of Police Operations and Insecurity in Nigeria

Author by Dr. David Alao

Journal/Publisher: African Scholar Journal Of Humanities And Social Sciences

Volume/Edition: 21

Language: English

Pages: 63 - 82


Police operations are expected to cover areas such as peace maintenance, combating crime patrolling and communication. However, there has been a steady increase in the spate of insecurity in Nigeria between 2009 and 2020. This has caused the death of thousands of people and destruction of property on account of Boko Haram criminality, kidnapping, herdsmen menace, armed banditry and ritual killings. The Nigeria Police is incapable to combat this insecurity effectively in spite of the efforts of their numerous tactical outfits such as the Mobile police, Anti-cultism, Anti-kidnapping, Special Weapon and Tactics, and Anti-Terrorist. It is worrisome that the Nigeria Police Force serving in various foreign missions have been applauded and rated high in their tactical operational effectiveness but such could not be achieved domestically. Relying on both primary and secondary sources of information, the paper found that work conditions that the operatives of the Nigeria police force had to face all the time especially with regard to scarcity of modern equipment affects their operational capacity. The paper also found that lack of adequate education among the operatives as well as low staff strength, affect their performance. The paper recommended that there must be incentives, good condition of service, and provision of adequate operational infrastructure for effective policing.

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