Nigeria has the worst police force in the world, according to the World Internal Security and Police Index International, WISPI.
Based on data from 2016, the organisation rates Nigerian police as the “worst” globally in terms of their ability to handle internal security challenges.
Of the 127 countries investigated, Nigeria came bottom of the table in the four key areas judged, namely, capacity, process, legitimacy and outcomes, ranking it below Democratic Republic of Congo (126th), Kenya (125 th) and Uganda (124th).
The best performing African country was Botswana at 47. Rwanda took 50th position followed by Algeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Ghana, South Africa and Mali.
“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,” says the report.
“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.”
It adds: “High levels of political terror have been an issue for Nigeria since 1993, with the country scoring a four 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.”
The index was topped by Singapore, Finland and Denmark. Former colonial powers Britain, Portugal and France were ranked 21, 22 and 23 respectively. The US came in at no 34.
Madagascar (111th), Zambia (112th), Ethiopia (115th), Sierra Leone (117th), Cameroon (120th), and Mozambique (122nd) joined Nigeria at the bottom of the rankings.