The The Utilisation And Role of Osanyin Deity in Crime Management in Iseyin Town, Nigeria
Informal crime control measure remains a popular and major crime management strategy in most rural communities in Nigeria. Osanyin is among the major deities often involved in the resolution of crime-related matters. Although the curative power of Osanyin deity has been well-documented in the literature, there is paucity of scholarly research on its roles in crime management. Against this background, this study examined the utilization and role of Osanyin deity in crime management in Iseyin Town, Nigeria. The study was exploratory and cross-sectional in design. The rational choice theory was employed as the theoretical framework. Data were principally generated through key-informant and in-depth interview methods. Purposive and snowball sampling techniques were employed for the selection of five custodians of Osanyin deity and 35 patrons. Findings revealed that Osanyin deity was recognized as playing important roles in the maintenance of law and order in Iseyin town. The promptness ascribed to the deity in resolving criminal cases was the major factor accounting for its patronage. Also, the deity was mainly consulted to resolve cases bordering on property theft. The emergence of some fake custodians in recent times is casting doubts on the ability of Osanyin deity to effectively handle criminal matters.
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