Police deviance, procedural (in)justice and cynicism towards the law in Nigeria

O.M. Akinlabi

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus, QLD 4122. oluwagbenga.akinlabi@griffithuni.edu.au

Every encounter that the public has with the police is expected to be a teachable moment and, or otherwise, a socialising experience that promotes or undermines police authority. Each contact provides an opportunity for the public to learn about the police, police procedures, and how to relate with the police in future encounters. As such, this study examines whether public experiences and perceptions of police abuse, perceptions of police corruption, and procedural (in)justice translate to public cynicism towards the law in Nigeria. The findings from this study support previous assertions that the relationship between the police and the public is not great and that what police do in Nigeria engenders cynicism towards the law.


Oluwagbenga Michael Akinlabi has recently submitted his PhD thesis at Griffith University in Australia. He was previously educated in his home country of Nigeria, as well as at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. During the course of his studentship, Michael received a full-time international PhD scholarship from Griffith University. His research interests are in the field of policing, youth crime, violence, cybercrime, and comparative criminology.