The Nigerian Police Force has been ranked the worst in Africa by the World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI); but this news is not likely going to trend in Nigeria because it is something every Nigerian and everyone who has ever visited Nigeria is fully aware of.
The ranking which was done by the International Police Science Association (IPSA) and the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) ranked Nigeria 127th out of the 127 countries ranked; and surprisingly, no one is surprised! (Pun intended).
Now, lets move to what is News, shall we?
Botswana was ranked to have the best police force in Africa. There is no arguing that the Southern African country has been getting its acts together lately and can easily be classified as a model for what African countries should be.
With just a population of 2 million people, the country boasts of political stability, a strong economy, a stable democracy and is blessed with visionary leaders who has the welfare of the people at heart. Her progress has been acknowledged not just in Africa but the world over.
Botswana’s police was ranked the 47th in the world and the first in Africa.
WISPI was proposed by Dr. Mamdooh Abdelmottlep, a Professor of Criminal Justice Management and Security Expert and the founder and Executive Chairman of International Police Science Association (IPSA).
The WISPI report, in ranking the countries, looked at four domains of internal security: capacity, process, legitimacy, and outcomes.
According to Association, "The capacity domain scrutinized the resources that a nation dedicates to internal security. The process domain looks at whether the resources dedicated to internal security are used in an effective manner. The legitimacy domain is a measure of whether the public view security providers, particularly the police, in a favourable light. Finally, the outcomes domain assesses current threats to internal security."
Other African countries like Rwanda was ranked 50th in the world and second in Africa, Algeria was 58th, Senegal was 68th and, Tunisia 72nd. Botswana is one of the few countries in Africa that has a full democracy. Uganda, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo occupied the 124th to 126th respectively.
The report stated that police and judicial system effectiveness is a serious problem in Nigeria and that general corruption was high according to the Control of Corruption indicator.
81 percent of Nigerian respondents to the Global Corruption Barometer admitted to paying a bribe to a police officer in the last year. Only 0.06 percent of thefts were reported to police.
Do you have any concerns about this rankings?
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