With echoes of the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, massive demonstrations against police brutality have rocked Nigeria. Protests that initially focused on the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which many Nigerians have long accused of abuses including torture and murder, have broadened to demands for systemic police reform.
These protests erupted, and continue, against a background of widespread public perceptions and experiences of the police as corrupt, untrustworthy and unhelpful. These negative views are particularly strong in Nigeria, but importantly, they are common in other African countries, too.
Based on Afrobarometer’s face-to-face interviews in 18 African countries in 2019-2020, almost half (48 percent) of Africans say “most” or “all” police officials are corrupt — a harsher assessment than for any other key public institution (Figure 1).… Seguir leyendo »