Police Reform: A gateway to crime prevention and a Secured Nigerian state

Ruth Ochanya Adio-Moses, Babatunde Adebayo Adeparusi



Within the confines of the criminal justice system or institutions, the police are not only the most visible but also considered the “friend of the masses”; hence, there is a general presumption which suggests a close relationship between the protector and the protected. This paper sought to identify the various security issues posing threats to the people, economy as well as the unity of the Nigerian nation, while focusing attention on police reform as a tool for possible solution. this paper also considers the “‘new visibility” of the police especially in the age of technological advances (e.g. pervasive new camera/video technologies and the proliferation of social networking practices by the general public), in which case, the media have expanded far beyond their media houses and information is at the speed of light (especially in terms of public perception of the police and their accountability). This is quite significant as it shows that building public trust in the police requires serious democratic reforms in which the general public also have important roles to play. However, this is not to say that this reform will help wipe out the Nigerian security challenges in totality, rather it may help sensitize the criminal justice system as well as suggest strategies for a secured Nigerian State, hence the security challenges confronting Nigeria may be better managed through good policing.


Keywords: Police reform, Nigerian security, technologies, crime prevention.



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