BY DR BABALOLA ABEGUNDE
The preservation of human life, rights and dignity is fundamental to the continued and collective existence of humanity vis-a-vis the sustainable development of any nation. Contrary to the foregoing, the Nigerian police which is the primary agency for the enforcement of law and order and preservation of rights is at the very centre of human rights violation, violating the rights it is established to preserve. Nigerians view their police as abusers rather than protectors. This paper examined the statutory duties of the Nigerian Police as well as some patterns of human rights violation. Also, this paper juxtaposed traditional and modern policing and identified some of the problems and challenges of the police. The concluding remark contained some useful suggestion and recommendations for a better Nigerian Police, because a nation is as good as its police force.