Why Nigeria’s Youth Are Protesting for Police Reform

Why Nigeria’s Youth Are Protesting for Police Reform

“Police Is Your Friend.” Nigerians say this slogan of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), which polices the country’s 200 million people, with laughter and resigned frustration. Decades of NPF misconduct and ineffectiveness understandably have led many Nigerians to view the police with skepticism. On October 8, the tensions boiled over into nationwide protests after a video showed police officers shooting a man outside a hotel in Lagos--Nigeria’s commercial capital and home to more than 13 million people. ...

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