International Journal of Advanced Research and Development

International Journal of Advanced Research and Development


International Journal of Advanced Research and Development
International Journal of Advanced Research and Development
Vol. 6, Issue 3 (2021)

Banditry in northwest Nigeria: Complicating Nigerian security challenges


Onodugo Ifeanyi Chris, Ochiaka Dennis Iyidobi, Olachi Chuks Ronnie, Odo Victor

Banditry has become a very serious crime and has potential for transforming into other felonious offenses, such as physical violence, financial victimisation, and murder. This paper did not focus only on the consequences of banditry but also examined its predisposing factors in Nigeria. Thus, the objectives of the study are: to examine the nexus between terrorism and banditry; to investigate the mutual reinforcement between corruption and banditry; to find out if banditry and poverty are correlated; and to examine the consequences of the problem. Using secondary qualitative data, the study found out that banditry has been taking place in Nigeria due to the activities of insurgent groups in the North East region, but it increased with the emergence of “Boko Haram” terrorism in the North-Central Nigeria; corruption is not strongly related to banditry, but they have indirect connection whereby youth political thugs served corrupt political leaders and turned out to become bandits, sometimes for ransom from political opponents; poverty and unemployment is correlated with banditry in Nigeria; and there are multiple consequences of banditry, such as financial victimization, rape and even death of the victims. The paper therefore suggested that for banditry to be eradicated in Nigeria, poverty, youth’s unemployment and corruption must also be significantly reduced. The paper also suggested that terrorism and insurgency should be fought as they involved abductions of vulnerable people, females and children in particular; thus, for Nigeria to address the banditry phenomenon, strategic security action should be onslaught against terrorism and insurgency, etc.
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Onodugo Ifeanyi Chris, Ochiaka Dennis Iyidobi, Olachi Chuks Ronnie, Odo Victor. Banditry in northwest Nigeria: Complicating Nigerian security challenges. International Journal of Advanced Research and Development, Volume 6, Issue 3, 2021, Pages 01-05
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