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CORRUPTION AND THE ROLE OF NIGERIAN POLICE IN THE MAINTENANCE OF LAW AND ORDER: AN IMPACT ASSESSMENT (2005 – 2010)
This work examines corrupt practices among the police and the overall effects of corruption on how the outfit carries out its mandatory responsibility in the society. Particular concern was shown on the impact of corruption on maintenance of law and order; the factors responsible for corrupt practices among the Nigerian police personnel; and the extent of corruption with in the Nigerian police. Theoretical tool used to guide this work is Anomie theory (borrowed from the field of sociology). As a qualitative survey, the study population was limited to 65 respondents selected through three sampling methods. These include simple random sampling; snow – ball and purposive sampling methods. However, data from the survey revealed that corruption is affecting the efficiency of the police in many ways. A commonly mentioned effect of corruption on the performance of police is the ever increasing crime rate. Conclusively, the study shows that people have developed lukeward attitude towards reporting cases to the police as at when due, as a result of lack of faith in the police. On the basis of this, suggestions were made on how to make the society habitable for the generality in view of the fact that police cannot operate without the support of the civil populace and vice – versa .
Key words; corruption, law and order