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Title:Managing police grievances in a depressed economy: the Lagos Colony Police mutiny of 1933
Authors:Adesoji, Abimbola OmotayoISNI
Rotimi, Emmanuel Olukemi
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0008-3968)
Geographic term:Nigeria
economic recession
colonial administration
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00083968.2014.945943
Abstract:Its command structure notwithstanding, police forces are composed of men whose actions and reactions are influenced by prevailing circumstances. Even when their responses could negate the norms and mores of the organization, the management of such responses is essential on the one hand to the protection and promotion of the corporate integrity of the police force and on the other hand to social wellbeing. Given the centrality and the continued relevance of the economy to tenure, productivity and welfare of workers, including policemen, this article discusses grievance management strategies employed by the police high command in the case of the Lagos Colony Police mutiny of 1933, Nigeria. The article situates the mutiny in the context of the economic depression of the 1920s and 1930s. It assesses the effectiveness of the measures adopted to control it vis--vis the nature of the police grievances, the nature of the police force, and the prevailing economic situation. The study concludes that its grave dangers to the police force and the country notwithstanding, a mutiny in the police force, like any other segment of the armed forces, could not really be stopped (as seen in contemporary Nigeria), but the manner of its management could make a significant difference. Hence the need for the force to be more proactive, responsible and responsive. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]