Highway Banditry in Contemporary Nigeria: An Expository Study

Ezinwa, Vincent and EZEDINACHI, IFEOMA E. (2019) Highway Banditry in Contemporary Nigeria: An Expository Study. Thinkers Journal,, 1 (2). pp. 1-14.

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This paper examined how very few parts of Nigeria are exempted from the menace of highway banditry, robbery and other violent acts. No fewer than 133 highways across the six-geopolitical zones in Nigeria have been identified as major flash points for banditry, kidnapping and other related vices. If one is travelling on some major highways in Nigeria, especially at night, chances are that one may be robbed, abducted, maimed or even killed by armed bandits. It is unfortunate that the bandits or highway marauders are most of the time armed with sophisticated weapons while sometimes dressed on police or army uniforms. The paper put forward that in the recent history of Nigeria, the major highways has become a place where bandits and killer herdsmen kill and maim commuters. The paper also outlines major hotspots of banditry in Nigeria, and also discusses how this ugly trend has become worrisome and made highway roads unsafe for commuters. The paper also discusses strategies to curb highway banditry in Nigeria. The study adopted the descriptive methodology. It relied on primary and secondary sources. Primary sources include oral information and testimonies. Newspapers and magazine reports were also used in conjunction with official records in government publications. Secondary sources include relevant books. The researcher also made use of direct observation method. All the information so gathered were subjected to historical evaluations.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts > Faculty of Law > Faculty of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: mrs chioma hannah
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 16:17
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 16:17
URI: http://eprints.gouni.edu.ng/id/eprint/2168

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