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CORRUPTION IN THE POLICE FORCE: A STUDY OF POLICE-DRIVERS BEHAVIOUR ALONG HIGHWAY IN SOUTHERN NIGERIA
The main thrust of this paper was to examine police and drivers behaviour along highway in Southern Nigeria. Questionnaire survey was used as method for data collection. The systematic sampling technique was used to study 170 respondents that comprised: policemen from the Operations Department of Mopol II, Calabar Cross River State Command and Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Command, as well as drivers and passengers in the aforementioned study locations. The results showed that: there is no significant correlation between police extortion and their personal emoluments; that extortion by policemen on roadblocks is significantly dependent on availability of police operational facilities; and that there is a strong correlation between motorists daily revenue and police extortion. The study recommends amongst others that the Federal Government should endeavour to improve police operational facilities, while ensuring that a special task force of credible persons from Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) be mandated to check extortion of money at roadblocks by policemen.
Keywords: Policemen, Extortion, Corruption, Highway and Roadblock.