The Nigeria Police Force has been rated the worst in the world according to the 2016 World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI) released by the International Police Science Association and the Institute for Economics and Peace.
Police Force across 127 countries were assessed in four key areas (capacity, process, legitimacy and outcomes).
The report unfortunately shows that the Nigeria Police performed poorly on all four domains with a score of 0.255.
“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 read.
“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.”
However, the spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force, Jimoh Moshood, said that the report was wrong as the NPF is the best in Africa.
Other underperforming police force in 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 most performing police force in Africa is Botswana which ranked 47, Rwanda (50) and Algeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Ghana, South Africa and Mali.