Decay In Police Colleges: SERAP Asks ICPC To Probe Spending On Trainees’ Welfare

One of the toilets at the police college in Ikeja, Lagos
By Adetokunbo Mumuni

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Mr. Ekpo Nta to “urgently and thoroughly probe the spending for police trainees’ welfare for the past 10 years.”

The organization said that this will “help to establish whether the money budgeted to improve the infrastructure and conditions of police colleges and trainees’ welfare across the country have been spent as allocated or simply stolen, misused or mismanaged.”

In a petition dated 18 January 2013, and signed by SERAP executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni the organization also asked the agency to “ensure that any suspected perpetrators are brought to justice.”

According to the organization, “Recent investigation and documentary by Channels TV show among others that training facilities are in terribly bad shape; that the college is overcrowded (housing 3000 people instead of 750); that student hostels are in dilapidated conditions and lack beds, mattresses and decent and functioning toilets.”

“The poor, dehumanising, and deteriorating conditions of the Police College Ikeja and other police colleges across the country seem to explain why the force has been unable for many years to provide adequate security for the common man and to effectively tackle crimes. The inhuman and degrading treatment of police trainees as shown by the Channels documentary also illustrates the deep rooted corruption in critical institutions of government and public services that have been completely neglected for several years,” the organization said.

The organization also said that, “Unless budgets for police colleges are transparently spent as allocated, these institutions cannot effectively perform the crucial function of training quality officers that will be able to maintain law and order, and contribute to the efforts to improve the safety and security challenges facing the country today let alone win public trust and confidence.”

“SERAP believes that the investigation by the ICPC into the management and spending of budgets meant for police colleges across the country would provide the much needed accountability and put a stop to the apparent mismanagement of public resources in that sector. What Nigerians saw in the documentary cannot be justified legally or morally; and makes nonsense of Nigeria’s international anti-corruption and human rights obligations and commitments,” the organization added.

According to the organization, “The efforts to fight corruption in Nigeria will not achieve the desired result if there is no proper, transparent and accountable management of public wealth and resources.”

The organization therefore urged the Commission “to exert its mandates, power, and influence to ensure that the truth is known in this matter.” It asked the commission for the following reliefs:

The Commission should fully and transparently investigate the management and spending of the budgets for police colleges for the past 10 years, and to establish the use to which the budgets have been put.

The Commission should make public the findings of its investigation.  

The Commission should ensure that the police authorities faithfully and consistently implement the government’s anti-corruption initiatives and international anti-corruption obligations including under the UN Convention against Corruption.

The Commission should establish a mechanism to monitor the use of funds meant to improve the conditions of police colleges across the country.

Signed
Adetokunbo Mumuni                    
Executive Director
20/1/2013
 http://www.serap-nigeria.org" www.serap-nigeria.org

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Why 10 Years? Why not since Independence?

Although a commendable move by SERAP, but it needn't take the President's visit before SERAP and co are awakened to the sad realities of life in Nigeria? This is plain opportunism.

Other areas of Nigeria are in similar shape, and experience neglect. Even the Murtala International Airport is an apology. Besides the facade of the Departure and Arrival Halls, the back offices are dirty and dingy. I can never imagine using the toilets. The sheer thought of it would make me puke.

It needn't take the President's visit before SERAP would wake up to its assumed responsibilities. Be proactive and not reactive. SERAP will go silent again until after yet another sensational News.

Decay In Police Colleges

Apart from corruption in the system, most Nigerian are really animals in the way they live. Even in their private lives. What is the condition of the highly furnished 1004 complex of the seventies. A great apology!

Check the toilets in our MDAs and vomit!

I want readers to check the toilets in our Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the federal government particularly those at Abuja. I bet you would see worse toilets. You would see where our Perm Secs and senior civil servants, men in 'Agbada' and suits and women in pristine dresses go to pee and poop. You would wonder whether they are human beings or animals on four legs. Yet, every year each MDA budgets millions of Naira for office welfare! Great pity!

By the way, the toilet in the picture looked like the one I went into and ran out at the Nnamdi Azikiwe "International" Airport at Abuja in February 2010. That was when I realized I could hold my pee no matter the pressure for as long as I wish!

This is weakedness of the highest order

This is weakedness of the highest order. What kind of students will be produced from this dirty and unkept and inhuman environment? Why are we doing this to one another? God please show your mercy and come help my country.

Will the icpc do something? We wait to see

This is weakedness of the highest order

This is weakedness of the highest order. What kind of students will be produced from this dirty and unkept and inhuman environment? Why are we doing this to one another? God please show your mercy and come help my country.

Will the icpc do something? We wait to see

What Do You Expect From God Forsaken Leaders Of Nigeria?

The so called leaders build beautiful houses in Abuja that will decay like this police college in Lagos due to lack of maintenance culture. The whole infrastructures of the country are neglected and the oil money laundered to other country for the benefits of their institutions and banking industries. At least the police force have a toilet which is better than pit holes. They can sit on the toilets and their shits will drop and splash the dirty shits back to their butts. If the police care about their toilets they should use the monies taken by force from innocent Nigerians to fix their toilets. I do not give a dam to these animals called Nigerian Police. They are one of the cancers eating Nigeria up. The police should demand money from those elites they are protecting.

Congratulations to the author

Congratulations to the author of this article. I like your name: Tokunbo Mumu.

The Hausa Fulani ex IGPs

The Hausa Fulani ex IGPs brought the decay in the police force. They intend to bring down the Police force and build up their Hisba(Mohammedan Police). This is why everybody is calling for state police, this way we shall not care what the Mohammedans are cooking with their hisba in their their own sharia states. But the lasting solution is the breakup of Nigeria so that the Islamic Republic of Arewa can worship Baal the way they see fit.

The Hausa Fulani ex IGPs

The Hausa Fulani ex IGPs brought the decay in the police force. They intend to bring down the Police force and build up their Hisba(Mohammedan Police). This is why everybody is calling for state police, this way we shall not care what the Mohammedans are cooking with their hisba in their their own sharia states. But the lasting solution is the breakup of Nigeria so that the Islamic Republic of Arewa can worship Baal the way they see fit.

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