Policing Trends in Nigeria since Independence (1960–2012)

Arisukwu, Ogadimma C. (2012) Policing Trends in Nigeria since Independence (1960–2012). The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, 85,2.

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Abstract

The quest to maintain law and order and enforce the rules of the government has led to the emergence of different policing styles in Nigeria. Though the people of Nigeria had their unique, informal means of maintaining order embedded in the culture and traditions of their various ethnic groups, contact with the ‘white man’ through colonialisation changed the form and focus of the police in Nigeria. Changes in operational and training focus of the police in Nigeria have been shaped by the type of government at the centre. This study is divided into three main phases in the sociopolitical transformation of the country: the pre-colonial period, the colonial period and the post-colonial era, each of which have represented various policing realities in Nigeria. Each of the periods captures the unique contemporaneous social relations and perceived crime realities. The study concluded that trends in the Nigerian police show a development from traditional to modern policing styles.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Ogadimma .C. Arisukwu
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 16:36
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 16:36
URI: http://eprints.lmu.edu.ng/id/eprint/701

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