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N150 Daily Meal Allowance, 50 Recruits Sharing A Fish Head… More Sad Facts Emerge about Life at the Nigerian Police College in Lagos



Following a glaring exposure on the deplorable conditions of the dormitories at the Nigerian Police College in Ikeja, Lagos, Channels TV has again revealed another facet of the embarrassing deprivation faced by Police recruits.

The TV crew was privileged to film a meal-time at the training college at Ikeja, Lagos. Cadets were seen struggling with small portions of food. About 50 trainees were seen sharing one head of fish.

The Deputy Commandant of the Police College, Ikeja, Jonah Mavah said that currently, the recruits get N150 daily meal allowance. “N50 per meal is too meager,” he said.

The scenario is not different from those in the six other police colleges in the country.

The recruits had abandoned the dining halls and were seen sharing their meals and eating outside.

For a healthy young man required to have the energy to survive the intensive training of a law enforcement officer, it is ridiculous to expect him to feed on N150 per day. But unfortunately, this is what our Nigerian police recruits have to manage.

Watch the video below to learn more about the meager meal provisions for Nigerian police recruits:

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Truth Hurts!

    January 17, 2013 at 7:43 pm


    • It's me

      January 18, 2013 at 12:26 am

      Little wonder when they come out from there some of them can be inhumane mean and emotionally detached

  2. Somebody's Pikin

    January 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    This is beyond shocking, I speechless!

  3. Joan

    January 17, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Father!!! Exactly how is one supposed to feed on N150 a day ($1 or <)? How? What a country! Sometimes, I just wonder where we are headed…


    January 17, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Awful. so how can corruption be stamped out of the police force? It’s already the survival of the fittest kind of mentality already.

  5. Lentini

    January 17, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    This has been the case for over 20yrs and it gets worse by the day. I grew up in Ikeja close to the Police college, and i am glad that the story is seeing the light of day. Even the police living quarters is not fit for dogs to live in. The entire police college is in a deplorable state and should be renovated. Police men and women should not live in the barracks in my opinion, they should live around people like its done in other parts of the world. They are very dirty people and have kids like dogs. Many of those getting into the police force today are obviously not educated, and they are not joining the force to fight corruption nor keep order in the country, they are joining the force to collect bribes and claim staff on the bus. why will someone join an academy that pays less that 30k a month. The solution the government has is to change police uniform, as if that solves crime. Fools!

  6. the canadian

    January 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Not even surprised…. NIgerian govt and its misplaced priorities

  7. Summer

    January 17, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I am in the United States and after seeing this yesterday posted on Channels website I felt sick. I woke up this morning thinking about it. How is it possible that Nigeria can this schezophrenic. What is wrong with Nigeria and her people. How did Nigeria as a mother manage to bear so many evil, greedy, vile, wicked, heartless and Godless children. These evil men and women that Nigeria has as her sons and daughters swallow whatever is put in their care and leave the helpless hopeless. How does the Police Chief allow this to happen under his watch for young men and women to be housed in a place not fit for animals. I am just shocked…this is just what we see what about the things that we don’t see (like soldiers barracks)and will never see and we demand that they defend us with their lives. God please help Nigeria. Just sad! shameful!! disgraceful!!! humiliating!!!! and EVIL!!!!!. God help us. I have no words at all for the police cheif.

    • Lady Jaye

      January 17, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      Oh stop moaning! You are not the only one living in the States. I was too, and I remember so well the video some dad took of his son’s army cadet barracks. Exact same conditions as the Lagosians. That does not mean either condition is right and should be deplored but stop talking like it only happens in Nigeria. Yankee sef.

    • Steve

      January 17, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      You know the difference between Nigeria and the United States : When that video was posted on YouTube the state government did something immediately concerning the condition. In just a couple of months they renovated the entire Barrack. In Nigeria nothing will be done about it. People have been living in this horrendous condition for 20 freaking years. In addition to the horrendous living condition they are paid this measly 150 Naira (96 cents) for food. A housekeeper or an illegal immigrant will not paid that ridiculous amount in the States. This would never happen in the United States or any sane country. Only in Nigeria. Sad and pathetic case.

    • Ready

      January 18, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Steve, I’m willing to bet against your conclusion. The Nigerian government is beginning to develop something akin to a sense of shame. I can bet that the Police College Ikeja will be somewhat revamped…the other police colleges tho’, I ‘on know about those.

    • ola

      January 18, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      US Uk JAPAN FRANCE, doesnt matter thats y foreigners say the devil resides in Africa!

    • i no send

      January 17, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      the police chief is not the cause my dear… he is just a year old in office and and as lentini (8.03pm)said this has been going on for over 20yrs

    • iheartyou

      January 17, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Very well said. I always wonder too, why is Nigeria like this? Sometimes i wonder, we as youths, what can we really do to cause a change. Things must not continue like these. We need a revolution in this country. so much burden in our hearts, but really i don’t know. Even prisoners should not be treated this way, not to talk about men and women of noble profession, gosh this is sickening. We just may want to think again before we rain curses on nigerian police, the next time. It is even a miracle that we still have a few sane ones amongst them. Like you rightly pointed out, how about so many despicable things that go on in the barracks that we do not even get to hear about. But i believe that not all Nigerians are evil, no matter how few, there are still some left that will fight the cause of the people. We can only hope and pray, for these ones to emerge, before our great nation is completely ruined. Nigeria can still be salvaged.
      God bless Naija.

    • Max

      February 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      The reason for all these is simple. Privilege people in Nigeria do not join the police through constables.. So they dont care !

  8. adenike!

    January 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I’m glad you mentioned then Police Chief; he didn’t pass through the police college. The ‘graduates’ of this police college are the ones that mount road blocks, collect N20, or N40 and give you N10 change, they are the ones who speak poor English at the counter, they are the ones with inferiority complex – but do we blame them? I’m glad ChannelsTV did this expose on the college, now we know better than to expect clean cut,incorruptible policemen. You can’t come out of this sort of (slave camp/Auschwitz) college and deliver like an FBI agent. Nah.

    • Beyonce

      January 17, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Well said my dear. D senior officers attend academies mostly for those who joined as graduates bt these ones are poor Nigerians wit pry six cert or secondary school leavers wit any type of result who av decided to join to avoid unemployment. When they pass out, they vent their anger on the public nd mount countless checkpoints to meet up. I pity 4 Naija.

    • bussie

      January 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      True word! luv the distinction

  9. Ides of March

    January 17, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Wow, this is worse than secondary school! And we wonder why the police turn to armed robbery and extortion. I commend Channels TV on their reporting. I’m an advocate of showing/documenting how bad things are in vivid imagery instead of just telling about it. We might yet shame someone in to action.

  10. R

    January 17, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    My God! see suffering. Are those not buckets they are serving their food from??? 1 head of fish that you cant even serve a guest, is what 50 grown people are sharing???

    Sham shame shame on the government because I am sure the money budgeted for their food allowance is being diverted to personal pockets.

    Then we wonder why police officers collect bribes and fail to protect us. It is in part because they simply are not being paid enough, if at all, to meet their basic needs and take care of their families.

    I swear, it’s a crime to be poor in Nigeria because won ma fi aye je e. Even those that are middle-income and getting by experience hardships, talkless of people earning way less

  11. Ada

    January 17, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Nigeria can be despicable on so many levels. SAD!!!

  12. Sexxie

    January 17, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Ah! Beyond sad. I see why 9ja police is the way it is…God help us!

  13. ajikegold

    January 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    …God,is there still hope

  14. Myne Whitman

    January 17, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I honestly just don’t know anymore. This is terrible!

  15. timi

    January 17, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Good job channels tv.The truth is that this has been going on for several years.The nigerian police is grossly underfunded and the top officers are very corrupt.Nigerians need to change their mentality and truly should start caring about one another. This video should be sent by nigerians to the inspector general of police.

  16. Summer

    January 17, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Really it is no longer enough for all of us to bemoan what is going on in Nigeria, the questions that everyone should be asking is “WHAT CAN WE DO TO CHANGE ” the situation. This can no longer be allowed to continue. I can sit here and bellyache till tomorrow and nothing changes. I want to know how do we begin to change things around. This has got to stop seriouslly.

  17. flo

    January 17, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Nigeria Breaks my heart!
    Sooooooooooooooooooo sad!
    I dnt have words.

  18. Ikenna

    January 17, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Thank you for featuring this story! I have personally noted not just your genuine appreciation for Nigeria/Nigerian beauty but also your passion for exposing the ugly truths in the country. I salute everyone involved!

  19. Garba Ibrahim

    January 17, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    the igp. is aware of everything where is the new uniforms that has been approVed to the police ? cant you see all other organizations wore their own since last year? small time transfer no transfer allowance no provision for acommodation nothing and you told me IGP is not promoting corruption ?GOD dey .

  20. molarah

    January 17, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Ok, who else is tired – I mean, sick, dog, bone tired of the situation?

    We are becoming a horribly predictable lot. Following every horror story reported on Bella Naija – ALUU, d young groom shot by the police, the fireworks tragedy, flood disaster, etc – is the regular barrage of comments ranging from “Sad!”, “Nigeria is a terrible country!”, “What are the people in govt doing?”, and after which is the deafening silence, which is interrupted only when another horror story erupts.

    When are we going to do something about this as a people? When are we going to get extremely tired of the situation? When are we going to realize that this wave of madness will only stop when people stand up and act? When are we going to rise as a people and put pressure on every organisation or individual involved – the law makers, the budget handlers, etc until things are done right? When are we going to stop all this false shows of sorrow (yes, we are all being very fake and shallow in our handling of these issues, believe it or not, sue me) and act like people that have some shred of humanity still in them?

    ‘Cos after all is said and done, as clichéd as it sounds, the change we seek lies in our hands. Act, people, act!

    • MMJ

      January 18, 2013 at 9:43 am

      The truth is that the end time is near and thats why strange things are happening.there is no soothsayer that needs to tell us.God help us.

  21. nich

    January 18, 2013 at 12:58 am

    keep hoping on hope ….hoping on hope…………..nothing will ever change nigeria apart from a blood bath revolution………it is already late even if a revolution occurs now in nigeria………….it will take another 30yrs for a true change……

  22. Sara Adebayo

    January 18, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Truly, this is not right?? How does the Governments expect these cops to defend and protect the citizens if they are not well fed, well sheltered etc…?? this is a shame and it is just SAD….:(

  23. Sara Adebayo

    January 18, 2013 at 1:43 am

    This is the main reason African cops are corrupted…! do you expect a big man like these men..survive with 150 N????? This is just impossible..and just look at the conditions in which they are living..this is very sad..and it is just not fair.. We expect these people to protect us, our children and our people..and we are treating them like that? just like that. wonders shall never end.. Jesus.. This is a shame. NIGERIA the giant of AFRICA endowed with oil and other natural resources.

  24. HABBA

    January 18, 2013 at 3:12 am

    instead of the governemnt to help the would rather do big wedding for their kids with the money these kids are supposed to be using. or send their kids abroad to dubai to be posing mchew

  25. Temitope Adewoye

    January 18, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Quite frankly after seeing this,I really don’t blame the police for venting out their anger on the public, They have being dehumanized!

  26. Berry Dakara

    January 18, 2013 at 8:35 am

    OH MY WOW!!!

    No wonder when they come out, so many of them resort to bribery! What can be done realistically to turn this travesty around?

    Speaking of which, I’m part of the humongous crowd that cries and wails over the deplorable conditions in Nigeria, and at the end of the day, doesn’t actually do anything about it. I want that to change, but there are so many problems here and I don’t know where to begin :(. I even wrote a post about Illegal Bunkering in the Niger Delta ( because I’m from that region, but how would someone like me even begin to combat that issue?

  27. Itimitang Hilton

    January 18, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Speechless. Sadly, we are the worst advertisement of the product we want to sell: Nigeria.

  28. Gold

    January 18, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I’m SPEECHLESS!! this is way beyong being inhuman

  29. Retrochic

    January 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

    what can we do, most of us that are interested in turning things around should join Chude Jideonwo’s project, we can voice our opinions, lets visit blogs, write to newspapers, lets do something, anything, imagine that piece of fish for 5o people, am just weak

  30. YummyMummy

    January 18, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I visited Nigeria late last year after a long time,and I was actually expecting to see what I see on Bella naija,on getting the airport with my family,I got depressed immediately,No village airport in the UK will ever looke like that,people living in Nigeria like they are still in their dark age..It is gradually getting worse and we definately needs a radical change in all facet of Nigeria institution! because Trillions of naira is budgetted every year to government sectors but the question is,where are all this money going?!!!!

  31. brownie

    January 18, 2013 at 11:51 am

    In the absence of technology, freedom of press and social media in the past, it was easy to feign ignorance of the deplorable living conditions of the average Nigerian. But now that we have so much access to so much information about what is really going on, ignorance can no longer be used as an excuse. To that note, I’m glad that Channels TV did this documentary. The question now is, what can we do? The press have done their part, we also must do our part now collectively as citizens of Nigeria. This story should not die a natural death on the internet, it should get to the relevant authorities by any means possible. The state governments should be watching these videos and they should be ashamed when they see it. If you are in a position of authority or influence, do what you can to keep the story alive until something is done about it. It is not rocket science to rebuild and provide basic amenities for these men and women. It simply takes one dedicated unselfish person to allocate and use the resources as it should be where it is needed.

    On another note, It is no wonder that the police force in Nigeria have no loyalty to protecting its citizens when they themselves have not been protected but left to fend for themselves and their families. It certainly does not excuse the poor behaviour of police men but it partly explains it. Perhaps if the video started making its way to bigger news avenues/channels (CNN etc) the govt will pay attention. After all if there’s one thing the Nigerian government does not like, it’s negative press. They are very good at being seen to be doing right by others!

  32. pynk

    January 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Please if your father or mother is in charge of The Police College, chances are they are a part of this problem. N150 can never be the budgeted amount for their feeeding. There is funding for them in the budget. Someone or some people are just stealing it, go through the National budget, you will likely find a line item for this mess. Now they need to expose the thieves. The likes of Tafa Balgoun former IG of police got rich doing what exactly?

  33. SAT

    January 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    And you will give them a gun fully loaded to protect what??? Now I know is country is finished as in totally. A country where the president budgeted N1billion to eat in a year.

  34. gistyinka

    January 18, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    poverty is not good ooo…

  35. molarah

    January 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    To me, its probably those lawmakers that keep giving each other huge allocations for food and entertainment that pressure should be put on.

    Anyone that knows any of them personally should raise issues like this to them continually to prick their conscience. If even 50 out of the 360 (I believe) law makers are facing continuous pressure from their immediate family members and constituency people on a particular issue for a long period of time, something will move for sure. We need to let them know that they are not amusing us with their continued bloated allocations for fivolities. Let’s start with the little things, and then move from there.

  36. oluchy

    January 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    lts really disheartening that this is happening while some people are still looking for ways to increase their food allowance in Aso rock n collecting entertainment allowances. l pray something is done fast o.

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