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Drug control policies in Nigeria: centralization, repression and insecurity

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JournalPolitique africaine
DatePublished - 2012
Issue number128
Volume2012/4
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)53-75
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article examines the drug control policies in Nigeria on the basis of previously inaccessible sources. It analyzes the emergence of an agency specialized in drug control and transformation of the governance of the agency since 1989. The focus is on the perception by the officers in charge of drug control of their work and their inclusion in international cooperation networks. We show that the evolution of drug control in Nigeria has less to do with crime trends in the field with the political dynamics of the post-colonial state in terms of centralization, its preference for repressive policies and tend to outsource its internal conflicts around ideas and narcotics control material resources.

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  • drug control, NIGERIA

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