Beyond decentralising the Nigerian Police: how Lagos state circumvented debates on police reforms

Beyond decentralising the Nigerian Police: how Lagos state circumvented debates on police reforms

Author: 
Agboga, Victor
Place: 
Oxon
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2021
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Journal Title: 
Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Source: 
Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Volume 39, No. 1 2021 pp. 119-134
Abstract: 

Opinions are divided on the root causes of the ineptitude of the Nigerian Police Force which has been faced with both domestic and international backlashes. While certain scholars argue that the force is victim to historical subjugation, others raise questions about its centralised structure and the impact of political interference on its performance. This research examines subnational variations and differential outcomes, particularly exploring how Lagos pragmatically bypassed the lingering debates to implement a successful police intervention. Through the use of qualitative secondary data from media reports, extant academic papers and reports from government watchdogs, it however discovers that though commendable, the Lagos model can hardly be replicated in other states in Nigeria based on Lagos' peculiar economic and political characteristics.

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CITATION: Agboga, Victor. Beyond decentralising the Nigerian Police: how Lagos state circumvented debates on police reforms . Oxon : Taylor & Francis Group , 2021. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Volume 39, No. 1 2021 pp. 119-134 - Available at: http://library.au.int/beyond-decentralising-nigerian-police-how-lagos-state-circumvented-debates-police-reforms