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  1. Hours after Amina Ali, one of the Chibok girls rescued on Wednesday from the insurgents, met with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Nigerian Army announced the rescue of another of the girls on Thursday evening.

    Army spokesperson, Usman Sani, a colonel, who confirmed the rescue, gave the name of the rescued girl as Serah Luka, said to be number 157 on the list of abducted school girls.

    Mr. Usman later narrated how the abducted girl was rescued.

    He said in a statement, “At about 11.00am today, Thursday, 19th May 2016, troops of 231 Battalion, 331 Artillery Regiment (AR), Detachment of Armed Forces Special Forces (AFSF) 2, Explosive Ordinance (EOD) Team and Civilian Vigilante group of Buratai, conducted clearance operations at Shettima Aboh, Hong and Biladdili general area in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

    “During the operations, the troops killed 35 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered several arms and ammunitions and other items. In addition, they rescued 97 women and children held captives by the Boko Haram terrorists.

    “We are glad to state that among those rescued is a girl believed to be one of the Chibok Government Secondary School girls that were abducted on 14th April 2014 by the Boko Haram terrorists.
    Her name is Miss Serah Luka, who is number 157 on the list of the abducted school girls. She is believed to be the daughter of Pastor Luka. During debriefing, the girl revealed that she was a JSS1 student of the school at the time they were abducted.

    She further added that she hails from Madagali, Adamawa State. She averred that she reported at the school barely two months and one week before her unfortunate abduction along with other girls over two years ago.

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  2. LAMENTATION OF RANK AND FILE IN THE
    NIGERIA POLICE FORCE

    AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU
    BUHARI/NATION ASSEMBLY
    LAMENTATION OF RANK AND FILE IN THE
    NIGERIA POLICE FORCE
    By Constable, Silas Yusuf
    “A demotivated, demoralized, demoted,
    depressed,
    over stressed, intimidated, hopeless, rejected,
    compromised, suicide conscious and pressurized
    Police rank and file can not maintain Law and
    order or protect live and property. Because, there
    is no peace/law/order in his heart and immediate
    family. In other words, you can not give what you
    do not have (Nemo dat quod non habet)”
    I wish to exposed to Nigerians and Nigeria
    government what top management of the Nigeria
    Police force and police service commission are
    doing to encourage POLICE Brutality, Extortion,
    Incivility, etc to Nigerians.
    These ASP~IGP in the force fails to understand
    that constant abuse and Fraudulent onslaught to
    rank and file have direct impact on safety of live
    and property in Nigeria. Because, it is the rank
    and file that have constant direct link and
    interacts with members of the public on daily
    basis. Thereby, making rank and file every day
    victims of circumstances, Dismissal, Fraud,
    Demotion, etc, to high authority in the Force. In
    return, Nigeria public have become victims of
    circumstances (Brutality, Extortion, Extra judicial
    killing, Rape, etc) to the frustrated rank and file.
    CAUSES OF POLICE BRUTALITY, EXTORTION,
    INCIVILITY, ETC.
    First, Nigeria Police force rank and file every day
    WOEFUL performance is caused by
    CORRUPTION
    perpetuated by the ASP ~IGP. On many
    occasions
    it has been discovered that Nigeria Police force
    and police service commission’s top
    managements specializes in all forms of illegal
    deductions from the federal government
    approved
    salaries for rank and file.
    The take home pay for rank and file is as follows
    ; Constable N40,000, Corporal N42,000 ~
    N46,000
    and Sergeant N46,000 ~ N49,000, while ASP’s
    salary is N150,000. Nigeria government and
    Nigerians should cross check the above amount
    if
    that was the approved salary. They have no
    basis
    to deduct money for Uniforms, Touch light, Beret,
    Shoes, Belt, Buttons, Layard, Crest, Rain coat,
    sweater, stuck, Polish, etc from our salary. And,
    up to 98% rank and file buys accoutrements with
    their salary.
    And, Superior Police officers (ASP – IGP)
    normally collects returns/kickbacks {extorted and
    ill gotten money} from rank and file. And, their
    share is usually 50%-70% of all the ill gotten
    money, either from Patrol teams, Bails/bonds,
    Special duties and proceeds from legal/illegal
    allocated Beats. Rank and file that fails to
    manage the trouble he/she encounters in the
    course of Extortion are often denied, rejected,
    intimidated, coaxed, and at the long run
    dismissed out of the Force by ASP – IGP in
    order
    to cover their shame. And, save their job and
    dirty
    name.
    Nigerians should as a matter of fact ask the IGP,
    why is it that of all his fight against corruption in
    the force, it is often constables/
    corporals/
    sergeants/Inspectors that have been dismissed
    out of the force.
    Are those in the rank of ASP – IGP are now
    Saints? (Hahahahahahaa) No, they are not
    saints,
    they are the reasons for POLICE Brutality,
    Extortion, Incivility,etc to members of the public.
    Because, these rank and file attempt to meet up
    the Fraudulent indirect/direct cash drive target
    set by saints ASP – IGP.
    Secondly, Nigeria Police force rank and file
    woeful
    performance is caused by ZERO MOTIVATION/
    WELFARE. A great work place is one where
    employees are satisfied with their jobs. The
    reason behind this is that satisfied Police
    officers
    are more likely to perform their assigned duties
    efficiently and effectively.
    And, good conduct, temper, manners and the
    display of habitual courtesy towards the general
    public. Now, expecting effective and efficient
    policing/protection of live and property from a
    police rank and file who are often seen as
    outcasts, alien, inferior and unfortunate elements
    will amount to ASP – IGP and Nigeria
    government
    ripping from where they did not sow.
    Findings has revealed that majority of the
    greatest source of ANGER and FRUSTRATION
    among rank and file have a crucial common
    DENOMINATOR ‘ASP – IGP’. Such as, UNFAIR,
    INCONSISTENT Discipline and SUPERVISORY
    POLITICS. So therefore, unmotivated rank and
    file
    is unproductive Police officer who in all
    likelihood
    will look else where for NEGATIVE GREENER
    PASTURES (Extortion, Stealing, Robbery, etc).
    Thirdly, woeful performance of rank and file is
    caused by COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE STAFFING
    POLICY. Staffing is the selection and training of
    individuals for specific job functions and charging
    them with the associated responsibilitie
    s. The
    Nigeria Police force and police service
    commission top managements have thrown the
    practice of modern staffing policy/HUMAN
    CAPITAL MANAGEMENT into the ocean of
    corruption, favoritism, nepotism, tribalism,
    cosmetics service, etc. Hence, they are not
    interested in the training, retraining and
    developing existing rank and file for career
    advancement that will meet the requirements of
    the Force in the future. Lack of qualified,
    experienced, well educated, civilised, well
    trained,
    etc, rank and file is the tragedy of Nigeria public.
    And, lack of career advancement is creating
    TOXIC ATMOSPHERE within the the force. These
    automatically is posing SAFETY HAZARDS and
    MORAL PANIC for Nigeria public.
    The average career progression periods of rank
    and file to get promoted to his next rank is
    minimum of 6-13years. While that of ASP – IGP
    is every 2 years, they are promoted to their next
    rank.The Nigeria Police force is highly blessed
    with professionals in various Discipline with MSc,
    MPA MBA, MA, m tech, etc, B Sc, B Tech, B
    Eng,
    B A, etc, PGD, HND, ND, and NCE, held captive
    as
    rank and file. Upgrading these rank and file to
    their desired ranks and putting these human
    capital to use is the problem of the Nigeria
    Police
    force and police service commission Top
    managements. A lot of frustrated graduates
    amongst rank and file.
    THE EFFECTS OF THE ABOVE VICE ON
    NIGERIANS
    First, HIGH RATE of KIDNAPPING, ROBBERY, OIL
    BUNKERS, TERRORISM, CRIME. It is a known
    fact
    that behind most successful, unsuccessful
    kidnapping, robbery, oil bunkery, terrorism, etc a
    frustrated Police officer “rank and file” serving or
    dismissed is likely involved directly/
    indirectly.
    Second, INCIVILITY, CIVIL LIABILITIES. As
    morale
    decreases use of FORCE and civilian complaints
    increases. Officers with low morale normally
    have
    lower TOLERANCE, may utilize poor JUDGEMENT
    and exhibit NEGATIVE feelings all of which leads
    to Police Brutality and poor performance of
    duties. Poor judgment often leads to Brutality,
    Extortion, Incivility, etc.
    Third, SUICIDE CONSCIOUS RANK And FILE =
    Policing is recognized as a stressful occupation,
    regardless of the sources of stress e.g
    operational, organizational stress, etc. The
    Nigeria
    Police force has the highest rates of suicides,
    poverty, divorce, drug abuse, unkept, extra
    judicial
    killings and accidental shooting amongst law
    enforcement agencies in Nigeria. An Average
    frustrated Police rank and file is ready to kill
    innocent civilians and kill himself/be killed. The
    latest development is that police officers are
    now
    killing themselves at any slightest provocation
    while on duty/in office.
    Fourth, LOW PRODUCTIVITY = Low morale
    damages Community – Oriented – Policing
    initiatives. It decreases the quality and
    frequency
    of police services. Unhappy rank and file on the
    other hand, shrugs off responsibilities, performs
    the bare minimum duty and wastes resources.
    When an officer refuses to combat crime
    effectively or investigate cases, the public
    PERCEPTION of the Force suffers. It does not
    only damages the public image of the Police
    Force but also the Nigeria Community.
    Fifth , RESIGNATION, DESERTION,
    ABSENTEEISM.
    Virtually every rank and file who enters Nigeria
    Police force wants to make a difference. They
    begins their careers full of ENERGY, HOPE and
    OPTIMISM. The wickedness of ASP – IGP from
    that point forward helps to determines whether
    rank and file puts in his best in carrying out his
    duties effectively. And, decides to remain with
    the
    Nigeria Police force or resigned, desert.
    SOLUTION
    FIRST, Nigerians should rise up and demand the
    sack of all the top management’s (ACP to IGP)
    of
    the Nigeria Police force and police service
    commission (Chairman, bad directors) for not
    doing the needful to combat crime in Nigeria.
    And, being insensitive to the welfare of rank and
    file. This will make the remaining officers to seat
    up.
    Also, if possible Nigeria government should
    declare STATE OF EMMERGENCY on the Nigeria
    Police force and police service commission.
    Because, they are worst than North Eastern part
    of Nigeria.
    Motivation/WELFARE of Rank and File: the
    motivation of rank and file should be a priority
    not alternative. Because, the behaviour of police
    officers are shaped by many factors such as
    education level, needs, promotions, socio-
    cultural,
    etc. Police officers can also be motivated
    through
    FINANCIAL and NON- FINANCIAL incentives.
    ASP
    – IGP and chairman/director of police service
    commission should stop illegal deductions on our
    salaries.
    Building Higher Morale; Right types of climate
    should be created for the rank and file to
    contribute to the achievements of the Force
    objectives. By performing the staffing functions
    effectively. Rank and File promotions should be
    within 3 years, And, BSc / HND should should be
    up graded now. This will boost the morale of
    rank and file.
    Fourth , STOP WANTON DISMISSAL; Errant
    Police
    officer should be dealt with based on the rule of
    law, natural law, natural justice, legal justice,
    moral code, morale compass, etc. The Nigeria
    Police force and police service commission
    authority and general public should know that “a
    dismissed Police officer is somewhere across
    Nigeria giving consultancy services to all manner
    of criminals and subverting the efforts and
    strategies of combating crime by the Nigeria
    Police force.
    The Nigeria Police Authority should always
    subject rank and file that are handling fire arms
    to periodic PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION to
    monitor and stabilize their state of mind to
    reduce accidental shooting. And, killing of
    innocent civilians and fellow officers, at the long
    run killing himself.
    The Nigeria Police force, should establish mutual
    beneficial relationship with the general public for
    effective policing by building trust and
    confidence. Through, workshops, symposiums,
    community service, giggles, effective policing.,
    etc.
    In conclusion, the top management’s of the
    Nigeria Police force and police service
    commission owns rank and file a lot of moral and
    legal obligations. Because, we, rank and file are
    the true image and backbone of the Force.
    Hence,
    rank and file are the ones performing the core
    Police Duties. ASP and IGP (supervisors) seat in
    the comforts of their offices to drink tea, then
    Lord over and keep defrauding rank and file. The
    IGP and police service commission chairman
    should take the training, retaining, promoting,
    upgrading and commending of rank and file as a
    priority. It is very important that Nigeria
    government and police authority take Welfare of
    rank and file seriously for effective and efficient
    policing.
    Constable Silas Yusuf, is a member of the
    Nigeria
    Police Force in one of the Northern

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