n AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society - Colonialism and the military : a discourse on the history of judicial corruption in Nigeria

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1998-4936
  • E-ISSN: 2075-6534


Since independence, many African countries have suffered and continue to suffer from extremely high levels of bureaucratic and political corruption. Many have linked the problem to colonial rule while others have argued that the causes are internally generated. This paper argues that the problem of judicial corruption in contemporary Nigeria is a problem that is caused by the combined forces of colonialism and military intervention in Nigerian politics. The paper sustains this argument by citing instances of executive recklessness that impaired the independence of the judiciary in post-colonial Nigeria. The paper rests its discourse largely on Peter Ekeh's two publics which explains the role of colonialism, colonial ideologies and the African post-colonial ideologies in the legitimation of corruption in post-colonial public service. The paper concludes that a reform of the judiciary must take into consideration many of the outcomes that the contradictions of colonialism and military rule have caused to the judicial system in Nigeria.

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