Colonial Gunboat Diplomacy: Genesis of Warped Criminal Justice in Nigeria

Emmanuel C. Onyeozili, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

This paper seeks to examine the failed criminal justice system in Nigeria. It argues that the forceful conquest and colonial imposition of one sided system of justice designed only to fulfill the economic needs of colonialism laid the foundation to a distorted system the country inherited at independence. It further finds that post independence efforts towards changing the statusquo are marred by politics of ethnicity.

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