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Metro [Vanguard] The Nigerian Policeman: Friend Or Foe?


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From extortion at checkpoints to extra-judicial killings and accidental discharges, Nigerians now love to hate a Police Force they need so badly

Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar probably wrote his name in gold as Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, IGP, when he ordered the dismantling of police checkpoints nationwide. This order was carried out on January 30, 2012, leading to the dislodgement of over 3,500 police checkpoints.

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The action was widely hailed in the country, thus elevating IGP Abubakar to a cult hero in the eyes of most Nigerians. What informed this sentiment was the common belief in the country that checkpoints were usually set up by the police principally to extort hapless Nigerians either as motorists or commuters.

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