CRIME CONTROL AND POLICING THE NATION STATES; THE NIGERIAN POLICE IN FOCUS

Abu S. Edet

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This paper xrays the ability and strength of the Nigerian Police , its image and ability to fighting crime in Nigeria. The objectives of the study were to examine the nature causes and effects of the assessment of performance of Nigerian police by the populace. Study participants were randomly selected while data analysis was done quantitatively with simple frequency and percentage tables based on responses to the questionnaire which was the key instrument used. Generalizations were made on the sample drawn from the populace.  The research findings revealed that the police was perceived as inefficient, corrupt and ineffective in crime control by respondents.  Also they perceptions about ability of the police to provide overall security of lives and property in Nigeria.  The study recommended for special seminars and workshop for police officers to stimulate discipline. Also, recruitment of more officials and corruption in the form of extortion and bribery should be discouraged.  Furthermore, special police-public relations officers should investigate and serve complains about the police and endeavour to see cases to a logical conclusion.

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