Policing and the limits of the political imagination in postcolonial Nigeria
© 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.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1215/01636545-8092858
Publication InfoDaly, SFC (2020). Policing and the limits of the political imagination in postcolonial Nigeria. Radical History Review, 2020(137). pp. 193-198. 10.1215/01636545-8092858. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/22435.
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Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies
Samuel Fury Childs Daly is a historian of twentieth century Africa. His research combines legal, military, and social history to describe Africa's history since independence. His recent book, A History of the Republic of Biafra: Law, Crime, and the Nigerian Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2020), connects the crisis conditi