History of Judicial Intervention in Boundary Disputes in the Southwestern Part of Nigeria, 1946 to 1996


African Humanities Program Dissertation Fellowships


This project examines internal boundary questions in what used to be the Western Region during the period 1946 and 1996. It identifies judicial tradition and limitation in boundary adjudication in light of the peculiarity of methods used during the pre-colonial, colonial, and postcolonial periods, as well as the general significance of boudaries. The study adopts qualitative methods, collecting and analyzing data for thematic explanations. In particular, content analysis of primary and secondary data is employed to locate the study within the context of historical developments in the country. The study reveals the factors determining judges’ disposition in boundary adjudication (including personal idiosyncrasies, national interest, national security, and political axioms).