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One Space for Two Justice Praxes in Nigeria: The Yoruba Experience in Stakeholders' Restoration

One Space for Two Justice Praxes in Nigeria: The Yoruba Experience in Stakeholders' Restoration
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Author(s): Johnson Oluwole Ayodele (Lead City University, Nigeria)and Jane Roli Adebusuyi (Lead City University, Nigeria)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 32
Source title: Minding the Gap Between Restorative Justice, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, and Global Indigenous Wisdom
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Marta Vides Saade (Ramapo College of New Jersey, USA)and Debarati Halder (Parul Institute of Law, Parul University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-4112-1.ch002

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Abstract

The Yoruba people have unwritten normative, proverb-driven traditional jurisprudence to resolve all emerging disputes. Regrettably, colonialism suddenly emerged to compel the Yoruba people to drop their restorative treatment of the primary justice stakeholders and replace it with the castigatory European justice paradigm. This chapter studies the inclusive character of the traditional justice system of the Yoruba of southwestern Nigeria. It collected secondary data from the internet and archival sources. Data analysis indicates that including the victims, offenders, and the community in conflict management enhances the Yoruba traditional conflict resolution skills. To creatively halt the miscarriage of justice in postcolonial Yorubaland, policymakers should transform the justice systems to ground solutions for disputes in local realities. Also, both justice systems should replace competition with cooptation and embrace a symbiotic restorative response to dispute resolution for the deepening of Yoruba jurisprudence.

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