-Reviewed Dr BM Magaji
-Authored by Hauwa Sheriff
A University Don at Kampala International University Uganda, Dr. B. M Magaji says the book titled “Police in the Eyes of the Public” by
Hauwa Sheriff attempted to highlight the great efforts being made by the police in ensuring the safety of lives and properties in Nigeria.
Dr. B. M Magaji who is expected to review the book during it’s launching this coming Saturday in Abuja, described the author Hauwa Sheriff as a criminologist and security analyst with special major in data base intelligence collection by training and a journalist by profession.
He said going by the author’s antecedents and her pro police and security stance and her criminology background her rightful calling ought to be the security agencies particularly Nigerian Police Force, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC which according to him she would definitely be a great and formidable asset to any of these agencies and many more.
According to Dr. B. M Magaji, the first chapter looks at the police in general. It contains the history of the Nigeria police from its humble begining as a constabulary police for the Lagos colony in 1879 to the various transformation and dynamics to the present;
He explained that the book looks at its duties from which the public measures its performance as well as its powers. Also discuses policing around the world while going down memory lane, citing good examples from the ancient city of Rome to modern France, the United Kingdom and North America.
Accoding the Dr. Magaji Chapter 2 looks at how Nigeria police is being chided by the public; ridiculed in movies, hated by criminals and their allies, exposed to temptations and dangers and not appreciated when the laws are enforced.
The University Don further explained that the chapter three urges the need for a proper police, public and community relationships and the last looks at the main theme of the book; Police and Public where it sought the views of some eminent Nigerians while the last chapter captured pictorial depiction of the past Inspectors General of Police from 1930-date and some security tips.
The book reviewer considered the book very satisfactory in respect of its of theme content and aim to bring to fore the glorious aspects of the institution of the Nigeria police Force and proferring ways to further make the police a formidable instrument for security and democracy.
The author, Hauwa Sheriff is a lady of many callings; a journalist, criminologist, security analyst, author and a pro police protagonist. She is a staff of the prestigious Radio Nigeria Kaduna. During the course of her job she had at one time or the other been the producer of “daka da waje”, “siyasa rigar yanci”, also of popular translator and news-caster. Presently she is the producer and presenter of “Duniya Makwata Rikici”.
Hauwa’s tight schedule did not deter her from fulfilling her life long ambition of being an author/writer. At the age of 16 her first publication was entitled “baa nan take ba”, a book that highlights the importance of women acquiring western education. It was followed in 2008 by the “Nigeria Police Force; Friend or Foe”, biography of “Halilu Ahmed Gesto Akida da gaskiya” was her third publication in 2010. This book “Police in the Eyes of the Public” is her fourth publication”