Unfair treatment of policemen  

By Guardian Nigeria

Nigerian Police

That men of the Mobile Police Force on security assignment in Borno State had to recourse to public protest in demand of their allowances is most unfair to them. It should never have happened at all and the Police authorities should be blamed directly while the Federal Government as the parent body also deserves condemnation. The  protesters claim they were owed  six months allowances, besides that some have no accommodation and  must sleep  on the corridor of their office after a  hard day’s  work. These for men who are put in harm’s way every day confronting Boko Haram terrorists and their sympathizers? This is terribly wrong and disgraceful. The claim  by the  police authorities that  the  delay in paying these  allowances  was due, in turn, to  the  delay in passing the 2018 budget is  untenable. It is an excuse that defies common sense.

Even in generally safe times and places, the role and duties of the police as the first line of defense of society against internal threat and lawlessness requires, nay, demands unequivocally, that the welfare of policemen and women be a priority.  Indeed, the  long list of  ‘constitutional duties’ assigned to  Nigeria’s police men  and women, and the even longer list of  code of conduct by which they must abide, necessitate, ipso facto, that everything necessary must be  put into  assuring, first, their  own safety and  welfare in order that they can  concentrate on  the job.  And truth be told, it is a tough job to be an effective policeman in this seriously under-policed country. The overarching mandate of the Police force is such that it is society’s first line of defense against criminality.

Consider that the 400,000 or so officers and men are charged to secure about 180 million Nigerians 24 hours, seven days of the week. Consider that in this context, they are expected to prevent the occurrence of crime, to arrest offenders, to detect crime, to investigate a criminal act, to protect lives and property of citizens, and to maintain law and order in society. All these are expected to be carried out in line with professional ethics, the utmost personal integrity and courteousness.
If, as Section 14 (2)(b) of the extant Constitution states, that ‘the security and welfare of the  people shall be  the primary purpose of  government…’  it is reasonable to  assert that the government can fulfill  the security  component of this ‘primary purpose’ only to the extent of the  preparedness and  effectiveness of  the principal law enforcement agency  which is the  Police Force.  Pray, how can anyone  justify entrusting the security of life and property to …read more

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