Nigeria Police ‘worst in the world’ — Report

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Nigeria has the worst police force in the world, according to World Internal Security and Police Index International, WISPI.

The 2016 report rates the Nigeria Police Force the “worst” globally in terms of its ability to handle internal security challenges.

The report was released by the International Police Science Association, IPSA, and the Institute for Economics and Peace, a nonprofit organisation that brings together experts, researchers and scholars concerned with security work from all over the world.

The indices used in accessing 127 countries from four key areas, namely, capacity, process, legitimacy and outcomes, aim to measure the ability of the security apparatus within a country to respond to internal security challenges, both now and in future.

Nigeria police performed worst on the index on all the four domains, with a score of 0.255 ranked 127 below Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda and Pakistan.

The report noted that countries with protracted civil conflicts were not eligible for the index.

“There are 219 police officers for every 100,000 Nigerians, well below both the Index median of 300, and the sub-Saharan Africa region average of 268,” the report reads.

“This limits the capacity of the force to measure up to its law and order mandate.

“In terms of process, legitimacy and outcomes, the story is not different which makes the force fall short of the required standard.

“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.”

According to the report, the top 10 performing African countries are Botswana which ranked highest at 47, followed by Rwanda which took the 50 position.

Others are Algeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Ghana, South Africa and Mali, in that order.

The 10 least performing African countries are Madagascar 111th, Zambia 112th, Ethiopia 115th, Sierra Leone 117th, Cameroon 120th, Mozambique 122nd, Uganda 124th, Kenya 125th and Democratic Republic of Congo 126th.

The report showed that Singapore performed best on the index, followed by Finland, and then Denmark.

There were only four non-European countries in the top 20. The United Arab Emirates was the highest ranked country from the Middle East and North African, MENA, region as it ranked 29th overall.

The Nigerian police rejected the report. A statement by spokesperson Jimoh Moshood claimed the Nigeria police is the best in Africa.

“The Nigeria Police Force after a careful study of the report and the news items emanating from it, wishes to state categorically that the report is entirely misleading, a clear misrepresentation of facts and figures and essentially unempirical, considering the area of coverage of the report which was said to have been carried out in 2016 by the above mentioned associations,” the statement said.

“The report did not take into cognisance the significant improvement in the areas of Capacity Building, Training and Re-training of the entire personnel of the Force as provided for by the current Federal Government of Nigeria and other Foreign and Local NGOs which has greatly improved the efficiency and service delivery of the personnel of the Force throughout the country.

“Furthermore, in the UN Peace Keeping System, the Nigeria Police Force is rated as the best in UN Peace keeping operations in the world. This clearly shows that the Nigeria Police Force is not and cannot be the worst in the world under any known scientific yardstick or measuring instrument.

“Currently, the Nigeria Police Force is one of the only two African Delegates representing the whole of Africa continent on the executive committee of Interpol, a position the Force attained based on high performance, merit and sustained good track records.

“However, it must be pointed out that the Nigeria Police Force sees the report as a clear demonstration of mischief, ignorance and calculated attempt to distort the feat being recorded by the Force in ensuring adequate security and safety of Nigerians. Nowhere in the report were references made to either the improved capacity or achievements recorded by the Nigeria Police Force across the country in the recent time, the Force therefore implores all Nigerians and international community to disregard the report as unfounded and misleading.”


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  • Tunde

    Trust our force to disagree! the way to improvement is acknowledgement! Mr mahmood police, you haven’t acknowledged any thing wrong with the police. How come we the people have not seen, felt or experienced any of this so called improvement you are talking about! ehn! How come? i repeat sir! YOU ARE THE WORST POLICE FORCE IN THE WORLD! NO DOUBT!

  • Osakue

    The position well deserve giANTS of Africa

  • Factsayer

    Nigerian police are legitimised extortionist and terrorists

    • Mizch

      Especially on the roads in South East Nigeria. Every 2-3 km, they are there collecting money. Most of them from the North.

  • sta

    Worst police on planet earth or even the whole universe. They are worst than the devil. They are even worst than armrobbers,fraudsters and most of then are moronic in performance.

  • sta

    Let them conduct another poll let us vote for and against.

  • Gary

    The Nigerian Police Chief is currently under probe over allegations of malfeasance, corruption and sleeping with female subordinates. He was promoted via political patronage, as IGP over his better qualified seniors and more competent peers who were then forcibly retired from service.

    Add to that wanton killings, kidnappings and general insecurity which permeates the country while the Police rents out its personnel for more lucrative private security services under the table and we get the clear picture of why the Nigeria Police ranks as the worst in the world.

    It is so bad that even the current government, that appointed the ineffectual and corrupt IGP, now relies on the Army to do the work of the Nigeria Police Farce (sorry, Force).

    • forestgee

      Apt !

    • Opekete


  • Abdullah Musa

    I had cause to write drawing the attention IGP to the avoidable rampant deaths of police men.
    Criminals get the better of our police in the ratio 3:1.
    So let them accept. the report and work at reform.

  • emmanuel

    I am sure 2017 report would put them as number one Police Force in hell fire. The IGP corruption scandal and his attempt to cover up investigation are testimonial to this report.
    The most daring armed robbers in Nigeria today are members of the Police. Anywhere robbers go so violent, there must be the presence of a or policemen in their midst.

  • olawale

    Anyway I ll disagree if you always talk about their failures and inefficiency but you have not taking your time or energy to even find out the causes of this failure and stand on who is concern to put this solution on the table. Having done this and there is no changes then you can report to any length. As the spokesman said in the report that when Nigeria Police are peacekeeping operation they do better and rated very high which is a clear fact then a good researcher should b able to find out causes of high performance outside the d domain then low level of performance inside d domain. Let just stop all this blaming game wit a lot of deceit when we actually know where the shoe pitches.

  • Tunsj

    Nothing new here. You can go ahead and poll Nigerians and you will arrive at the same conclusion.

  • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

    The profligate and sexual indiscretions of the randy SUV buying IGP may have contributed to such an international embarrassment. I give it to Obj, this man would have been sacked Tafa style by now.

  • Afo

    The police spokesman had just confirmed the report as he is giving himself out as the worst police spokesman who lacks capacity to even understand the report. Whatever improvements if any he thinks have been made are not good enough compared with others captured in the report and the spokesmen failed to know that or deliberately distorts the facts. Report is not about international assignments but internal security.How would the police not be worst when the Chief is fantastically corrupt and is on public podium for corruption. Where are the improvements when policemen are now kidnappers, armed robbers, hired assassins or friends of these crimes. May God protect us from the criminal activities of the police.

  • Akens Audu

    I totally disagree with this ranking. I think us police are the worst because they are racist

  • Jaymes K-zo

    They should blame egunje on this.

  • Igwe Bu Ike

    What do you expect when you have vagabonds, products of QUOTA SYSTEM and academic certificate forgers in control of the force.

  • Mizch

    Hahahahaha! The Police is your friend.

  • Mentus

    Boko Haram storms an army base kills the solders and carts away ammunitions on several occasions, the army chief is not questioned. The Nigerian police service is ranked the worst in the world, the police chief will not be questioned.
    Nigeria must be existing in a parallel universe, otherwise in the real world both Chiefs would have been giving their matching orders.
    When the President has vowed not to rid the country of his non-performing appointees, how can the country ever move forward.

  • ireti rotimi

    At least they don’t shoot innocent citizens.

    • HONEST

      If only you have the Idea of how many they I’ve killed since January

      • ireti rotimi

        How many? Can we compare it to the 880 shot by the American police who can be killed for simply refusing to listen to their orders. I know my mom would have been shot because she sometimes has an attitude when she is stopped by the police. I’m not saying that our police force is good though. We just never hear of them killing people for no reason. Most of the time, suspects will make it to the station alive.

  • johnbull

    Everything about Nigeria is always worst,name them electricity,road,water,housing,education,hospital,food,vehicles has no speedometer,boko haram,fulani herdsmen,armed robbery,cultism,fraud,easy in doing bussiness,constitution etc which way naiji


    @NPF Are not happy been the worst in the world it got me thinking wat they were actually expecting becos what we have in NPF are Govt. Rubbers Shareholders dis is a country where you see a NP on highways u get scared as if what u see is Armed Rubbers, what a shame.