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Indigenous Policing And Criminal Justice Administration: A Study Of The Okposi Community In Ohaozara Local Government Area, Ebonyi State, Nigeria

Osisiogu, Udo Chikezie and Mmah, Okoro Paul (2020) Indigenous Policing And Criminal Justice Administration: A Study Of The Okposi Community In Ohaozara Local Government Area, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Corvinus Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 11 (1). pp. 149-170. DOI https://doi.org/10.14267/CJSSP.2020.1.7

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.14267/CJSSP.2020.1.7


Abstract

This study explores autochthonous methods of policing and law enforcement in the community, and the perception of indigenes of the efficacy of these methods. Qualitative methods were adopted, involving the use of in-depth interview technique with indigenes: namely, members of a youth forum, community leaders, and elders. Findings show that offences in Okposi community may be classified into two types: abominations, and torts, while the indigenous crime prevention and control structure involves Ndi Uke (a community male elders’ council), Unyom Okposi (a council of female elders), Ndi Okenye (village elders’ council), and Ndi Okorobia (youths). Fear of the inevitability of spiritual consequences from the gods appears to be a good source of crime deterrence. Traditional methods of policing were deemed more effective in relation to crime control. It is recommended that the Nigerian police should continue to take advantage of cordial relationships with the community to enhance peace, security, and justice.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Sociology
DOI:https://doi.org/10.14267/CJSSP.2020.1.7
ID Code:5917
Deposited By: Veronika Vitéz
Deposited On:25 Sep 2020 15:06
Last Modified:25 Sep 2020 15:06

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