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DECEPTION IN POLICE-SUSPECT INTERACTION IN IBADAN, NIGERIA
This paper examines forms of deception in police-suspect interaction. It describes how deception expresses power relations in such interaction. Sperber and Wilson’s relevance theory is used to engage how inferential communication achieves effects in the interaction. Data for this study were collected at the State Criminal Investigation Department in Iyaganku, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Findings of the study reveal that police officers manipulated suspects during interrogation sessions. The study concludes that police-suspect interaction involves a great deal of psychological manipulation.
Key words: deception, relevance, power, police-suspect interaction, Nigeria