Policing and the limits of the political imagination in postcolonial Nigeria

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Journal Article

© 2020 by MARHO: The Radical Historians’ Organization, Inc. Nigeria’s police forces are famously ineffective and unpopular. Police agencies carry the dual stigma of having colonial origins and close connections to the military dictatorships that ruled Nigeria in its first forty years of independence. Despite their poor reputation, there is little political will to reform policing and virtually none to abolish it. This piece traces how the police are embedded in Nigerian society and politics, in order to understand why widespread dislike of a police force does not necessarily lead to calls for its dissolution.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Daly, SFC

Published Date

  • May 1, 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2020 / 137

Start / End Page

  • 193 - 198

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1534-1453

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0163-6545

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1215/01636545-8092858

Citation Source

  • Scopus