Security Challenges and the Imperative of a Restructured Policing System in Nigeria

1Ikechukwu  O. Onuoha&2Francis C. Odeke

1 & 2 Department of History and International Relations,

Ebonyi State University Abakaliki, Nigeria

Corresponding Author’s


The Nigerian security system has in recent times displayed unmitigated helplessness in the handling of the country’s security challenges. This is among other things the result of the over concentration of the security system in the hands of the central government. The centralized security architecture lacks the dynamism needed to secure a large and ethnically diverse country like Nigeria, thus the grim and worrisome security situation that the country has found itself in. The Nigerian security system must undergo a thorough overhauling and restructuring so as to be able to take the country out of its present security quagmire. In the decentralization, there must be provisions for state and community policing to give them the leverage to fully participate in securing their peculiar environments in the face of the prevailing security threats. This study is based on the thematic and analytic approach. 


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