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IMPEDIMENTS TO EFFECTIVE POLICING IN KANO METROPOLIS, NIGERIA
The persistent security problems and the inability of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to prevent and control crime in the country has been a major source of concern to all stakeholders. This study examined the factors impeding the Nigeria Police Force from effectively carrying out its Constitutional responsibilities in Kano Metropolis. The sample size comprised of one hundred and sixty (160) members of the public and eighteen (18) key informants drawn from the eight LGAs of Kano Metropolis totaling one hundred and seventy-eight (178) using a multi-stage, availability and purposive sampling techniques. The data were collected using questionnaire and in-depth interviews (IDIs); and analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and content analysis. The findings revealed that poor welfare, lack of mobility, modern equipment, training, inadequate arms and ammunition, poor funding, corruption, inadequate remuneration, and lack of effective police-public partnership and cooperation were the major impediments to effective policing in Kano Metropolis. For the Nigeria police to properly and effectively adapt to the challenges of policing lives and properties, the study recommends increased-funding of the police by governments, various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other donor agencies; proper training, enhanced remuneration and absorption of the principles of community policing by all service police personnel.
Keywords: Corruption, Funding, Modern Equipment, Training, Public Partnership