ETHNIC POLITICS AND CONFLICTS IN NIGERIA’S FIRST REPUBLIC: THE MISUSE OF NATIVE ADMINISTRATIVE POLICE FORCES (NAPFS) AND THE TIV RIOTS OF CENTRAL NIGERIA,1960-1964

Prof Vaaseh Godwin Aondonhemba and O. M. Ehinmore   (Published 2017)

Prof Godwin Aondonhemba
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Abstract

This study examines the explosion of violent ethno-political conflicts in Central Nigeria in 1960. At the attainment of independence, Nigeria comprised three loosely amalgamated regions which later metamorphosed into three ethnic based political parties namely; the Northern People?s Congress(NPC), National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (N.C.N.C) in the East, and the Action Group (AG) in the West. With this political structure, the seed of minority domination was already sown. The main thrust of this paper is the resistance of the Tiv to the despotic leadership of the Hausa/Fulani with their instrument of coercion, the Native Administrative Police Forces (NAPFS).Drawing inferences from this study, lessons can be learnt from the British colonial political culture of regionalism which fosters crisis of nation building in Nigeria.


Item Type: Journal article(non-copyrighted)
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Keywords: Ethnic Politics; Conflicts; Central Nigeria; Tiv Riots
Department: History and International Studies
Field of Study: History
Uploaded By: Aimomoh Joseph Inofe
Date Added: 06 Mar 2019 2:29pm
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2019
Journal URL: https://www.edouniversity.edu.ng/oer/journal/ethnic_politics_and_conflicts_in_nigerias_first_republic_the_misuse_of_native_administrative_police_forces_napfs_and_the_tiv_riots_of_central_nigeria1960-1964


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