Drug control policies in Nigeria: centralization, repression and insecurity

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-75
Number of pages23
JournalPolitique africaine
Issue number128
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • drug control

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