Bámidélé Upfront

#EndSARS: the Imperative of Police Reform, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Overall, a new policing system must reflect the decentralisation thrust inherent in a federal state. It must be community-based and properly funded. No sensible system can be underfinanced, as the entrenched "culture of returns" is the direct consequence of underfunding. Had the governors in the states not contributed financially, the…
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Opinion

The Police Service Commission and Relevance of Oversight In Nigerian Policing, By Rommy Mom

The police in a civic space should not and cannot be made to have oversight function over itself. This has not worked. It brings about the “we versus them” mentality between the police and citizens. The PSC, which comprises a variety of citizens groups, is best suited for this and…
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Columns

Policing Nigeria: the Force of Consequences, By Dele Agekameh

A police force that cannot protect its own men can scarcely protect about 180 million people at half strength. On Monday, July 2, 2018, about seven policemen were gunned down during a routine stop-and-search operation around Galadimawa area in Abuja. The tragic deaths of the officers added to the many…
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Columns

For Sale: The Nigeria Police Force, By Dele Agekameh

The government needs to take formal notice of these funds and build a structure around its utilisation that promotes accountability and transparency. The Muhammadu Buhari administration came into power with the promise of a full scale war on corruption at all levels. While many see the fight against corruption as…
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Opinion

Anti-corruption War: Whistleblowers In Danger, By Godwin Onyeacholem

When potential whistleblowers hear or read these unnerving stories about the plight of those who had made disclosures before them under the policy, the way they are exposed to danger with no protection of any kind from relevant stakeholders in the society, the first reaction would be to obey the…
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Opinion

Idris: Witch-hunting As An Axe of Policing, By Shola Oshunkeye

Ibrahim Kpotum Idris. At 57, the Niger State-born lawyer-turned-police officer has every reason to be grateful to God. Since joining the Nigeria Police Force as Cadet ASP in 1984, the man has held several command positions and taken part in some foreign missions. And he proved his mettle. Now, all…
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