Every member of the Nigeria Police Force should be subjected to a psych evaluation to test the level of their sanity.
The recent assault on a civilian by a mobile policeman in Akure, Ondo State has once again brought alive scarred images of human rights violation common in Nigeria's military regime.
Reports have it that the victim was attempting to withdraw money at an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) when the yet to be identified security agent attacked him.
He had simply refused to be bullied off the queue by the officer who had just arrived the bank and was reluctant to join the long line.
Here is the situation of things in clear terms. Nigerian policemen are a bunch of entitled brats who think their uniform should earn them special privileges.
Ponder on this example. You find yourself in a really slow traffic on Ikorodu road and then you suddenly hear a wailing siren getting really close.
You are tired and really not interested but it is 09:30 PM and you still have about two hours to get home. Being stuck in the hold-up for a long period made you feel like you need a distraction so you turn around on your tight seat to look.
Blimey! It is a group of security officers in a van trying to muscle their way out of the traffic. That is your Nigeria Police Force!
And you wonder why the LASTMA contingents never challenge them? Here is your answer - everything and anything that is dressed in a uniform is pretty much the same. The Army, Navy, Airforce; they will march you with their boots like the Akure policeman did to the civilian in question.
Never insist on your rights is what they are telling us but is that what their bosses have instructed? To victimize and intimidate the people they were sworn to protect?
Have you ever taken a wrong turn while driving in an area you are not familiar with and visiting for the first time? A Nigeria police officer will never let you go with a warning. Abi you don go?
Let's not kid ourselves. Nigeria is no America! There are road signs but they are not placed everywhere.
Even if they were, the street hawkers standing and selling used wares at the Ikeja bypass would have blocked your vision, preventing you from seeing what lies ahead until a policeman with a cane jumps in front of your car and declares that you have committed a traffic offence.
The obvious problem is that these so-called security personnel aren't getting the right training and evidently not being managed properly.
Part of the on-boarding procedure for anyone looking to join the force must include a psych evaluation and an etiquette test.
The truth is that these men are no different from an average Nigerian. They have an annoying landlord and get broke a bunch of times. They often resume their patrol duties on their poor mental state and the outcome is a no-brainer - intense hostility against civilians.
But not all their misdeeds are motivated by bad days. Most arms bearing agents are simply just psychopaths no different from the criminals they claim to be fighting.
They don't like to be questioned no matter how polite one address them.
These are the set of individuals that get in the news for domestic violence at their homes. They are the reasons why we have headlines like "Policeman stabs wife for serving late dinner ". These guys are just not right in the head.
Police officers should actually be role models. They should look smart and neat in their uniforms, be respectful and bring honour to the force.
Chase down all the Diezani's in the world but when you haven't provided security to your subjects, that is just fetching water into a basket!
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