Indigenous policing and criminal justice administration: A study of Okposi community in Ohaozara local government area, Ebonyi

Udo Chikezie Osisiogu, Okoro Paul Mmahi


This study explored the autochthonous methods of policing and law enforcement in the community and the perception of indigenes on the efficacy of these methods. The qualitative method was adopted, using the in-depth interview technique with indigenes: the youth forum, and community leaders and elders. Findings show that offences in Okposi community are classified into two: abominations and torts, while the indigenous structure for crime prevention and control were Ndi Uke (community male elders council); Unyom Okposi (female elders council); Ndi Okenye (village elders council); and  Ndi Okorobia (the youths). The fear of the inevitability of spiritual consequences from the gods appears to be a good source of deterrence from crime commission. The traditional methods of policing were deemed more effective in crime control. It is recommended that the Nigeria Police should continue to take advantage of the cordial relationship with the community to enhance peace, security and justice.

Key words: Traditional policing, criminal justice, theory, Okposi


Traditional Policing, Criminal Justice, Okposi, Crime Control

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ISSN: 2062-087X

DOI: 10.14267/issn.2062-087X