The future of the Nigeria police

Patrick Edobor Igbinovia (Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Publication date: 1 December 2000


Future‐time is of concern – and of increasing concern – with police system. The modern police has existed in Nigeria for about 69 years (1930‐1999). These comments are an attempt to predict the future of the Nigerian police. Using the events of more than six decades in Nigeria as a baseline, intelligible guesses are made about what to expect of the general shape and character of the Nigerian police in 20 years from now – the year 2043. Prognostication of the future with respect to the Nigerian police is made in two broad areas: areas of continuities in policing; and areas of changes that might or might not occur in the police. And awareness of the continuities in policing in Nigeria provides perspective for predicting changes that might occur in the Nigeria police in the future. The essay is aimed at enabling the Nigerian police to anticipate and keep pace with changes so that it can minimize its own problems, enhance its functional performance and fulfil its proper role in society.



Edobor Igbinovia, P. (2000), "The future of the Nigeria police", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 538-554.

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