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Title:Complementary role of private security outfits for enhanced public image of Nigeria police: the case of the Nigeria police and vigilante group of Nigeria
Author:Abolurin, Ade
Periodical:Ibadan journal of the social sciences (ISSN 1597-5207)
Geographic term:Nigeria
vigilante groups
crime prevention
Abstract:Security of life and property is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the constitution of Nigeria. However, crimes of kidnapping, robbery, attacks on banks and even churches, assassinations, ritual killings, electoral malpractices, political, religious and ethnic crises, have posed serious challenges to the Nigeria police. These are accompanied by series of allegations against the police by the public. Effective discharge of duties on the part of the police remains the antidote needed to take care of such negative comments and perceptions. This study investigates the complementary roles of private security outfits like vigilante groups in the provision of services at the community level. Two communities (Okinni in Egbedore and Opa in Ife East, local government areas of Osun State) were examined. A very bad security situation was noted in the last 17 years by the respondents, particularly the predominance of armed robbery. Efforts towards addressing this issue include low profile lifestyle and neighbourhood watch. Findings show that there have been improvements due to little reforms in the organisational structure of private security outfits like vigilante groups. Improvement was noted in the development and structural transformation of the two study settings. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]