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 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: