Why do some Nigerian Police trucks carry grass/hay? Here’s the answer.
Pictures of Nigerian Police trucks carrying grass have gone viral many times on social media and people have often been shocked and wondered why a police truck should carry grass. Well, here’s the answer.
1) Trucks are designed to haul goods.
Trucks are designed to haul goods. That’s one of their main purposes. Many farms have pickup trucks that are used to haul hay, farm produce and equipment.
2) Not all police vehicles are patrol vehicles
The Nigerian Police, like other organisations (companies, etc.), needs to perform a variety of tasks to keep the organisation going and therefore, not all police vehicles are used to chase and apprehend criminals. The police also own vehicles that are used to carry out tasks that do not involve law enforcement. For example, these buses below (Mercedes Benz 0302 and 0303) were quite common in the Nigerian Police fleet in the 1980s. They were used by the Nigerian Police Band and they were also used as staff buses by the police.
3) That truck is not a regular patrol vehicle
That truck is not a regular police patrol vehicle. Read what’s written on the side of the vehicle. It belongs to the Nigerian Police Mounted Unit. It is a logistics vehicle for the Mounted Police. It is not a patrol vehicle.
4) The Mounted Police
The Mounted Police is a unit of the Nigerian Police Force. Officers and men of the Mounted Police operate on horseback. They are involved in crowd control (at sports events, political rallies and other such events that have a lot of people), policing street processions, policing areas that have a difficult terrain (e.g. beaches) and police horses are also used in parades and other ceremonial purposes (e.g. escorting the president on Independence Day). Mounted Police do not patrol in trucks. They patrol on horseback.
(Those are NDA cadets in the last picture above, but you get the idea).
5) This is not a side hustle or private business and it’s got nothing to do with cows or Fulani herdsmen
The grass in that truck is used to feed police horses. They are not used for the private business of policemen or their bosses, they are not for Fulani herdsmen or any such civilian group. The grass is used to feed police horses. Police horses must eat and they eat grass.
6) There’s nothing strange about this practice. It’s done around the world.
That truck is not a patrol vehicle. It belongs to the Mounted Police and it is used to haul grass/hay for police horses, to carry equipment for the horses and to tow horse trailers. There’s nothing strange about this practice. It’s done around the world. This is a Chicago Police Department pickup truck hauling grass for their mounted police unit after a Thanksgiving parade. Note the hay on the back of the pickup truck, on the floor and on the payloader.
Mounted police vehicles are used around the world to haul hay/grass, to carry equipment for the horses and to tow horse trailers. They are logistics vehicles.
7) Safety concern
The problem in the case of the Nigerian mounted police is that they dumped too much grass in the truck (overloading) and that the load wasn’t properly fastened to prevent it from spilling from the truck, obstructing other road users or impairing their vision.
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