EVALUATION OF THE INDIGENOUS METHODS AND THE PROCESSES IN THE RESOLUTION OF CONFLICT IN KADUNA METROPOLIS
Keywords:Forms, Indigenous, Methods, process, Resolution
This study explores the forms in which indigenous models exist and the processes, it adopts in resolving conflicts in Kaduna metropolis. Oscar Newman’s defensible space theory was adopted. It argues that although western methods (police and court system) are crucial to conflict resolution, it is not enough to maintain a safe city. People in the community must help with conflict management. The mixed method approach was used to gather data. A sample size of 337 was drawn for survey, supported by 18 key informant interviews. Its composition was from traditional rulers at the grass root and beneficiaries of the process. Accordingly, findings from the study reveal that the forms of indigenous methods used in dispute resolution are the family system, clan/lineage system and the community method. The process of settlement usually involves the conflicting parties, relevant stakeholders (religious leaders/elders) and traditional ruler. To arrive at settlement, hearing from both parties and witnesses is obtained. The place of settlement is usually the family compound or Traditional ruler’s place with few cases taking place in the community town hall. Outcomes of settlement involve forgiveness by disputing parties while compensation and fines are applied in some instances. Among its advantages were: low cost, easy accessibility, quicker response and shorter duration of adjudication process thus enhances peace in the metropolis.
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