Perception of Police Parade of Suspects among Residents of Eti-Osa during Lockdown in Lagos State, Nigeria
This study was carried out to determine how the residents of Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State perceive police action in parading suspects arrested in the course of enforcing the law on the state-wide lockdown imposed by the state government. The study adopted survey research method using structured questionnaire to ask questions germane to the study. The population consists of residents of Eti-Osa local government area out of which 300 respondents were selected for the study. Perception theory was used to explain the nature and extent of perception of the residents regarding the parade of suspects by the police. The findings revealed that a cross section of the respondents recognised the efforts of the Nigeria Police in fighting crime even when others were of the view that the parade of suspects was just a strategy used by the police to make the public believe they are effective in the performance of their policing function. It was recommended that since the parade of suspects has positive effect on the public, the police should use it as a deterrence strategy but within the limits allowable by the law.