Native Races and Their Rulers; Sketches and Studies of Official Life and Administrative Problems in Nigeria

Native Races and Their Rulers; Sketches and Studies of Official Life and Administrative Problems in Nigeria

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...Courts of justice. He himself sat as President of the Provincial Courts where British Law is administered; and he could interfere to any extent he thought fit with the Native Courts, quashing, reducing sentences or transferring cases to his own Court as he deemed right. Only death,1' sentences could not actually SOME Nmws ARE Q, ', m, _ GLAD To be put into effect without ap--sac rm-: WHITE MAN. proval of the Governor, and _ sentences of over two years' imprisonment were subject to revision by the Governor. Full reports in respect to all action taken were of course rendered to Headquarters, but in the first place the officials at Headquarters were sufficiently overworked, and in the second place so great a time elapsed between the dispatch of a letter and the receipt of the Governor's comments thereon that the control exercised was in point of fact very small. In some cases a Resident would hardly receive half a dozen, communications during a tour of from twelve to eighteen months from the Secretary, who is the Governor's mouthpiece. It will be seen that a Resident's life and work were of almost unparalleled interest, and fortunate was the group of comparatively young men who were lucky enough to be placed in a position of such responsibility and power. I may add that in many respects the conditions described above still maintain. It is true that the telegraph has opened a rift in the lute, also the technical departments--forestry, public works, etc.--have extended their tentacles, and as these work to a certain extent independently of the Resident, his pinnacle is not quite so high above that of every other man, white or black, in the neighbourhood, as it was. Still it is high enough to permit him to flap his...
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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236915984
  • 9781236915986