This paper traces the history of colonial social control and Policing in Nigeria, and also reviews the literature and examines how colonialism demonized, discredited, and supplanted the traditional system of policing. It establishes that in place of the old (traditional) system, colonialism imposed a new (but alien) militarized policing geared toward the colonial needs of political oppression and economic exploitation without regard to the needs of the colonized. The post colonial state was thus bequeathed a corrupt police system that fails to cater to the needs of the people. This unfortunate development explains the emergence of “ethnic armies” in the face of corrupt and insensitive national police.
Onyeozili, Emmanuel C.
"Obstacles To Effective Policing In Nigeria,"
African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies: Vol. 1:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalscholarship.tsu.edu/ajcjs/vol1/iss1/6