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ANALYSIS OF CORRUPTION IN THE NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE
ABSTRACT: This paper examined corruption inside the Nigeria Police Force as an ethical relapse that confronts the organization. It provides an overview of the historical incidentals and founding of the Nigeria Police Force as an institution with the accountability of protecting life and property, and maintaining peace and order in the country. The paper categorizes various forms of police misbehavior, such as bribery and extortion, mass arrests and detention, illegal bail charges and dishonesty within the leadership of the police. This deviant behavior has destabilized the integrity of the force, with the result that public perception of the police force is negative and national security and development is weakened. Even withseveral anti-corruption plans that have been devised to curb police misconduct, it remains tough to decrease corruption inside the force. This paperclaims that implementing documented strategies in the workplace requires a deeper moral consciousness of their civic duties on the part of the police. This would promote the common good and increase the effectiveness of community policing. To support this view, the dissertation critically analyses the inadequacies in the anticorruption strategies from an ethical perspective, and reveals the contending ethical implications facing the strategies. In search for solution to curb police corruption, the paper proposes incorporating in policing certain virtues, such as good character, respect, diligence and communalism. This approach could provide insights to complement the existing anti-corruption mechanisms that aim to reduce police misconduct. Therefore, there is a need to look into worthy values garnered from an African indigenous understanding of morality, in order to address the ethical issues facing the police force in Nigeria.
Keywords: Corruption, Nigeria, Police, force