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Doing Justice Without the State: The Afikpo (Ehugbo) Nigeria Model.

Elechi, O. Oko
June 4, 2015

Source: (2006) New York and London: Routledge.

The Afikpo indigenous justice system is examined as an alternative system of justice in South-East Nigeria from restorative, transformative, and communitarian principles. Despite the dominance of the Nigerian state criminal justice system in social control, the Afikpo indigenous justice system still holds sway, and is perceived to be more effective and legitimate. The Afikpo model is rooted in the traditions, cultures and customs of the people. Indigenous social and political institutions function as channels for conflict resolution and justice. The processes and principles of conflict resolution are emphasized. The model’s continued perceived popularity and legitimacy are discussed, as is the basis for the system’s co-existence with the Nigerian State agencies of social control. (excerpt)


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