JUST LIKE IN THE TIME OF REHOBOAM: CORRUPTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN THE NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE. IS THERE ANYTHING THE CHURCH CAN DO?

Favour C. Uroko PhD
Keywords: Nigerian Police, Human Right, the Church, ENDSARS, Justice, Corruption
Journal of Inter-Disciplinary Studies on Contemporary Issues 2020 6(2), 27-36. Published: March 11, 2023


Abstract

This article examines the various cases of corruption and other human rights abuses by the Nigerian police force and what the church can do to help victims and their aggressors. There are so many cases of police brutality, harassment, intimidation, and illegal detention. There are also many cases where innocent Nigerians are shot with guns before they tend to refuse to give bribes at checkpoints on the highway. Notwithstanding the abundance of literature on police brutality and corruption, existing literature has failed to provide the role that faith-based communities such as the church could play in providing a solution to the problem. This research utilized content analysis through a phenomenological approach. Also, the narrative of Rehoboam in the Old Testament was used as a lens in analysing the consequences of harsh police procedures. Findings reveal that some of these corrupt actions and harassment orchestrated by policemen and women are due to poor salary structure, lack of training and retraining, and the engagement of touts and cultists as policemen. The recommendations will provide adequate insight into the church's roles.