Nigerian Police Academy Faces Backlash Over Cadet’s Death and Deplorable Conditions.
The Nigerian Police Academy in Wudil, Kano State, finds itself at the center of controversy following the tragic death of a 100-level cadet, identified as A.S. Jika. The demise of this young student has raised serious concerns about the academy’s healthcare services and the overall conditions faced by cadets.
A.S. Jika, a Department of Sociology student, passed away on a fateful Saturday within the institution’s medical center. Notably, he was the son of Alhaji Haliru Jika, a former House of Representatives committee chairman of police and a current senator, adding a significant dimension to this tragedy.
According to a classmate of the deceased who chose to remain anonymous, negligence on the part of staff at the police training school played a critical role in Jika’s untimely demise. It is believed that timely intervention by healthcare personnel could have saved his life, as he battled what was initially described as “malaria sickness.”
The anonymous source revealed that students and staff alike had been voicing their frustrations regarding the services provided at the academy clinic. This frustration culminated in a devastating loss. We just lost a cadet today due to malaria at the police academy. The boy has been in the clinic for 3 days without receiving treatment until he died today,” the source lamented.
Cadets also expressed their dissatisfaction with the state of the clinic and the lack of proper medical care. One 400-level cadet highlighted the severity of the situation, stating, “Yes, we do complain. If we go to the clinic, the highest drug they give us is Paracetamol. How can they give paracetamol for pneumonia? A cadet will go there sometimes, and they’ll chase us back. We really need intervention, please.”
Additionally, concerns about the overall living conditions at the Nigerian Police Academy have been raised. Cadets report that the deplorable state of their hostels has become a hindrance to their studies, impacting their academic activities negatively. They emphasize the urgent need for improvements to create a conducive learning environment.
The Nigeria Police Academy, established in 1988, was designed to produce highly reformed and skilled police officers capable of addressing the challenges of modern policing. However, the recent incident and ongoing issues with healthcare and living conditions raise questions about the institution’s ability to fulfill this mission effectively.
It is crucial that authorities take swift action to investigate the circumstances surrounding A.S. Jika’s death and address the concerns of cadets regarding healthcare services and living conditions. The tragic loss of a young cadet highlights the need for immediate reforms to ensure the safety and well-being of those entrusted to the Nigerian Police Academy.