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The Deplorable State of the Nigerian Police College’s Ikeja Dormitories – Channels TV Documentary reveals Harsh Conditions Faced by Police Recruits



You may have seen how dilapidated the police quarters are, possibly have heard how horrible the Nigerian Police cells can be. The reality is right from the Academy, the Nigerian Police officer has known no better way to live.

In what can be described as a brazen show of the harsh reality, a Channels TV documentary on the life of students living in the Nigerian Police College Ikeja has revealed the deplorable conditions faced by people who will later graduate to become policemen and women that Nigerians would rely on to serve and protect them.

Channels TV began the new year with focus on the rehabilitation of the foremost training college of the Nigeria Police with an x-ray on the life of students living in the college.

The video below depicts the sad state of the dormitories, the toilets and more. Students were seen urinating at the back of the building where the drainage system has broken down completely. The toilets and bathrooms are in such terrible conditions, one wonders how they manage to use them.

Male dormitory 10, is one of those built by Nigerian colonial masters in 1940. Today, its windows and doors are damaged with no plans for any repairs. There is no electricity and the occupants point out blood stains from bed bug bites.

The female hostels are no better. Meanwhile, the recruits will spend 13 months of their lives in there.

The College once had an Olympic-size swimming pool which is now a breeding ground for toads. It used to win medals for shooting all over West Africa but there is no shooting range anymore.

According to Jonah Mavah, the Deputy Commandant of the College, there has been no major development since establishment except for some few renovations. The College itself was built for 700 students but today, it contains 2,554.

As for the library, the Staff says they cannot remember the last time books were supplied to the library which is full of museum pieces and antiquities called books bought in the 1970s.

There are 7 police colleges in Nigeria and a total of 18,500 constables graduated as at December 2012.

In 2013, a sum of N311 billion naira has been budgeted for the Nigerian Police. It is hoped this money would be used judiciously and a significant part of it be allocated to improving infrastructure in the Police College and other facilities of the Nigerian Police.

Watch the documentary below:

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. jojo

    January 17, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Blood of Papa Ajasco*faints*

    • Miss K

      January 17, 2013 at 2:01 am

      DEAD! LOL!

  2. Ikenna11

    January 17, 2013 at 12:22 am

    The question Channels and everyone should be asking is what happens to the billions allocated every year to the Nigerian Police? They hardly even spend the money on equipment. All the time we see state governors on TV handing keys of vehicles to the Police. So what happens to the billions they demand from the government each year? I believe that they have called journalists to report this story cos they are seeking for another avenue to loot when new contracts are signed for new structures. Give them a few years after the money to re-build has been given, go back there with your cameras, and the place will be the same, if not worse. Even if they manage to build something, it almost certainly will be small, insignificant and substandard. That is our Police. So, I am not bothered by the pictures I see here simply because they are not willing to change the conditions they have created in that college.

  3. kay

    January 17, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Oh Nigeria my Country!!!! The vicious circle we all live in!!! On and on it goes,is there no end to it all?

  4. Getrichordietrying

    January 17, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Nigeria,Nigeria,I weep for my country. Is there hope for us at all. The police are treated very shabbily, right from college, even up till they resume service and after. And yet we expect these same people, to be morally sound and incentivised to protect us. That is why sometimes, you really cant blame them when they misbehave and do the exact opposite of what they are supposed to do. Frustration they say leads to aggression, and yet we have the resources to make things work, but we just have refused to create a functioning society.God intervene in this country, give us good leaders with a heart for the people.

    • maya

      January 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      i really couldn’t agree more wit your comment. i mean how can u expect people that r being treated like animals to act civilised, from d get go wt all dis is telling them is that dis force has nothing to offer you! God please help nigeria pls

  5. Missbrown15

    January 17, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Deplorable is putting it mildly. Atrocious is a better word. This are similar conditions faced by youth corpers in NYSC orientation camps. So sad.

  6. Shee

    January 17, 2013 at 12:43 am

    GOD, you will deliver Nigeria in Jesus name. this is just the height of wickedness by those in power, no accountability in every sector. it is well.

  7. chu chu

    January 17, 2013 at 12:43 am

    This is a typical naija public system. We jes lack maintenance in dis country. how can????
    In 2013, a sum of N311 billion naira has been budgeted for the Nigerian Police. ###############I pray!!

  8. timi

    January 17, 2013 at 12:44 am

    We are in Trouble in this country.Who is responsible for the maintenance of these dormitories? What is the problem with Nigerians?

  9. Mam

    January 17, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Oh my God!!!

  10. Fabulous££

    January 17, 2013 at 12:49 am

    I can only shake my head and hope for Divine intervention…..A country so rich and blessed and yet looks cursed….*sigh* Meanwhile I hear my generation swearing to take their share of the national cake if they ever assume a high position in the government…so tell me again…where does our hope lie?

  11. konnie

    January 17, 2013 at 1:12 am

    That explains where they lose the milk of hiuman kindness. Their leaders should just resign from shame at the dehumanizing environment they are forcing people to live in. The bathrooms are the worst I have ever seen

  12. Princess

    January 17, 2013 at 2:20 am

    where did they get the statistics that poverty has reduced? I am just sooo irritated and angry at the sight of this.

  13. Anonymous

    January 17, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Jesus!!! I am so pained!!!

  14. T

    January 17, 2013 at 2:58 am

    looks like NYSC CAMP KUBWA FCT TO ME…When they put me there the first day I started crying and some people came to get me outta there…SMH @ these conditions

  15. Anonymous

    January 17, 2013 at 3:28 am

    I am still very pained…This has nothing to do with poverty. Nigeria is not poor. It has everything to do with our lack of humanity. We have the resources, we have all it takes to live like kings and queens…most of this so developed countries depend on us for resources. God has blessed us enough. We are one of, if not the richest country in Africa yet we live this way. Im sure everyone will start raining curses on the govt….Maybe we should start looking at ourselves in the mirror and see the image of the same govt in us. Majority of us have the same values as the people in govt today, if table turns, the story will remain the same if not worst, so before we start cursing the govt, let check ourselves. We sing and shout change everyday, aw about we changing our values, thoughts, attitude et al. I can bet if you take one of the people in that college and put him or her in govt tomorrow, he’ll forget everything that happened in that hostel, even the people he shared that toilet with. That is our attitude. Lets look at the way we live within our little community, how we treat people around us, the people that work for us, the people that are slightly beneath us. Its only in Nigeria u’ll see a rich man who tries to rip off the poor to enrich himself. We live like strangers outside the country cos you don’t want someone to gas you with authorities. You see people reporting each other to immigration cos the other does not have papers. I remember my friend’s lawyer after collecting so much money from her to help her get her papers, he still wanted to sleep with her and told her she wont get it until she sleeps with him, she had to forfeit the whole thing, she couldn’t go to the authorities cos of her immigration status.
    And the churches?………….. I reserve my comment.
    This is sad, its sickening, its crazy!!!!

  16. Anonymous

    January 17, 2013 at 3:32 am

    After all that is being said….Some people will still come here and call me names for airing my opinion. lol


    January 17, 2013 at 3:38 am

    This maybe the reason some Police are mean, and unreasonable. Hardknot.
    God please help Nigeria…save her from corruption, from poverty, from evil in Jesus name.

  18. omoibo

    January 17, 2013 at 4:08 am

    For lack of a better term, this is a “SHYT HOLE” & we wonder why the NPF will harass citizens for N50 at check-points. After they go through such deplorable conditions you are left desperate. Even most of the barracks they get assigned to after their training are just as deplorable 🙁

  19. Monica

    January 17, 2013 at 6:55 am

    the is what happens in a country where corruption is rife and misappropriation of government funds is not only accepted but also commended.

    the head of the police is a crook so was the one before him and the one before that also.

    its a total disgrace and I am embarassed to call myself a nigerian sometimes. in theory, police officers are the administrators of justice. they are the ones who protect and serve the citizens of a nation. this is not how they should be treated. I say in theory because we know police officers are no different to area touts but can you even blame them??

    look at the way they live for goodness sake! then couple that with the fact that they all know that the ones above them are a bunch of crooks stealing what they can. Why wont they collude with criminals and extort money from people.

  20. iamfascinating

    January 17, 2013 at 7:47 am

    now i understand,

  21. luqman

    January 17, 2013 at 7:48 am

    How do they expect a police man passing through this kind of environment to behave righteously? it is still hard to believe they are using the dormitory that was built by the colonial masters in 40s and they don’t even care to renovate it but they can use 16b Naira to build a house for VP. What is the different btw this building and dilapidated one? make dem kuku take them to Akitan.

    Nigeria we hail thee!!!!

  22. ruth

    January 17, 2013 at 9:50 am

    reminds me soo much of nysc camp.OMG!!! cn d police b our frnd wen dey r subjected 2 dis kind of condition?it explains y dey r soo aggressive.dey r doing their job by protecting us, so i tink it’l b only fair if dey r given beta treatment.

  23. doyin

    January 17, 2013 at 9:51 am


  24. Chuchusweets

    January 17, 2013 at 10:44 am

    And nothing will be done, cos our called, wont read Bellanaija stuff and NTA wont broadcast dis for fear of being shut down. Nigeria is a big JOKE and i feel sorry for those who keep destroying it this way. There wont be rest for the Wcked…Thats for sure

  25. Amale

    January 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    it is a pity that the Nigerian police has refuse to change or refuse to change the life style of student in police college. I schooled around that area 26years ago and it has always been like that. All the past IG’s that has come and gone, didn’t they pass through that college. what have they done nothing. it is not posting pictures go there and see for yourself. that is why when they pass out of the college they become something else. God will help.

  26. ao

    January 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Here in the US that entire police college compound would be condemned and closed. How can Nigerian government train their first reponders in such a filthy, disgusting, sub-human condition. No wonder Nigerian police behave the way they do: horrible training conditions, low/slow/no pay, limited or non existing equipment to fight crime, etc. I doubt anything will change because the person that is given the task of applying the funds to improve things will probably steal it.

  27. ejogene

    January 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Oh God am speechless!!!

  28. Lulu

    January 17, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    SO SAD 🙁

  29. Anonymous

    January 17, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    It’s the same everywhere! I went to the army barracks at Bonny Camp once. Now people actually live there and raise their children there, so it’s much worse as that is where they call home! We lack a maintenance culture and it’s sad.

  30. Graco

    January 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I just feel like crying. I might have to start increasing my tips. My goodness. Now looking at them through different eyes. Some policemen manage to still be nice and cordial in these conditions. Police need help oh

  31. Felicity777

    January 21, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Police College, Ikeja Channels documentary
    The Police Ogas are to blame and not FG, as FG has always give money to this effect but they tell us that call others wouldn’t allow the money to be used for development, No tell me how can this type of police work well, or be people friendly after what they suffer there, men this EVIL all of them must answer the Q on how they have been spending all the allocations, Every time they tell us it was because of poor salary that is making the police not to do well, We the Nigerians are now watching to see if the FG will or can collect those moneys back to do the work rewired in there.

  32. Charlie

    January 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I am speechless and confused about the pictures and had to search for a confirmation video report.Who is to be blamed?The President(who did not allocate the necessary funds),The IGP (who did not spend the funds appropriately),The contractors(Who should be in jail for not dong their job) .What exactly is wrong with Nigeria and the leaders and public officers?In comparism,the paramount Nigeria Police College looks like a refugee camp in Somalia even the refugees feeds better.
    This explains why the Police are simply agressive,corrupt and desperate all the time.
    I live in England,the people that live on the streets have better conditions than what i see in those photos,The institution should be shut down immediately,Cadets should be relocated to a better facility or sent home and the facilities rebuit immediately before classes starts again.
    150naira/day feeding allowance for students is about 18GBP(pounds/Month or less) ,It is absolutely starving this students and getting them ready for desperation and corruption when they graduate from this refugee camp with little or no training to prepare them for protecting and serving the nation.
    The teachers are not trained or sent to courses,the administrators looks hungry and uninformed,the books are 30yrs outdated,the euipments 40yrs outdated,the structures are 60yrs old and have never been renovated and hardly maintained.
    The condition is absolutely unaccaeptable and shameful for President Goodluck Jonatan and the inspector General of police and every Nigerian citizen.Someone should be resign or be fired for start.
    Nigeria i cry for thee!!

  33. Semi Seruna

    March 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    So sad. Some of us are so lucky.

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