Nigeria Police To Start Using Stun Guns On Nigerians

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The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has for decades been accused of extra-judicial killings, human rights abuses and profiling of impressionable young men who spot dreadlocks, dye their hair a certain hue or tattoo their sun scorched skins.

Now, the force says it is planning to acquire stun guns and revise its rules of engagement in an effort to curb the use of deadly force and clean up its act.

Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, told a gathering of senior officers in the capital, Abuja, that he had “initiated actions” toward deploying less lethal weapons – commonly known as stun guns – for low-risk police operations, Reuters reports. 

Men of the police in action (Punch)

“This is with the intention of addressing public concerns on misuse of firearms by the police with its attendant consequences on lives and effect on the attainment of our community policing vision,” Adamu was quoted as saying.

The cost of the stun guns wasn’t disclosed. 

Revising rules of engagement

Adamu added that the police has also revised and simplified “Force Order 237”, which outlines its rules of engagement.

There were no specifics on what changes were made, however. 

Adamu said the redesign, reforms of the force would ensure the “protection of fundamental human rights” in policing.

Police officers discuss rules of engagement (The Cable)

The Nigerian police is also putting together special training for certain units, including the counter-terrorism unit, anti-robbery and kidnapping squads, and criminal investigation specialists.

A Stun gun (AP News)

A stun gun works electrically. It immobilizes an attacker or suspect momentarily without causing serious injury, by sending an electric shock through the body system. 

31 COMMENTS


  1. yea its quite reasonable but those bastards need to learn the proper use of it cos even firearms, some of them cannot target right. this one needs close contacts,how will they use it against armed enemies though?

  2. Many lives have been wasted in this country because of some fucking mistakes made by these so-called officers. They should undergo serious training before mounting them on the road with this new electronics stun gun

  3. The Police Inspector General should give the use of stun guns a second thought because if they want to face,highway armed they need powerful firearms or else something terrible will happen.

  4. This is a very great idea using stun guns because it will reduce the sudden life taking by Nigerian police through the missuse of their gun and adequate training should also be given to them because this guns has it own advantage and dis advantage

  5. Some of the Nigerian police officers at times I wonder whether they are building or destroying. When they are suppose to protect the citizens they now become horror to them. They need adequate scrutiny.

  6. Is better in that way but in another way is risk .what of harm robber? Can this be use to tackle them? Let remember Nigeria police are human being not animal so their life’s must be considered

  7. Now it is not we Nigerians that lack this common sense can you take a look at what Nigeria police are doing for their citizens why can’t all this police try to emulate the good ones among you people.

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