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CORRUPTION IN THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE: AN EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE EFFECTS ON PERSONNEL AND POLICE ACTIVITIES
This study explored corruption among the executive police officers in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the effects on the welfare of operational police officers and police activities in Ilorin Emirate of Kwara state, Nigeria. The study employed a survey research design; both the questionnaire and interview were the instruments of data collection adopted. The convenience and purposive sampling techniques were used to select a total of 200 operational police officers and 2 Superintendent Officers respectively. The information gathered was analysed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and thematic analysis. The study found that corruption among the executive police officers contributes to the poor welfare of the rank and file officers and the insufficient police operational facilities in Ilorin Emirate of Kwara state, Nigeria. The study suggests the need to recognise a strong connection between the availability of basic police equipment and the well-being of the operational police officers, and effective policing, security of lives and properties in Nigeria.
Keywords: corruption, Nigeria Police Force, personal wellbeing, Ilorin Emirate, police pension fraud