The Truth about Crime in Nigeria
Nigeria stands tall alongside strong African countries such as South Africa, Egypt, Algeria, Angola and Morocco, all of which enjoy thriving GDP’s thanks to their profitable economies. In fact, Nigeria has such a huge economy it is virtually the “leader of the pack” with an estimate GDP of $504million (USD) and according to reports it has since 2015 been the 20th largest economies in the world.
It’s clear to see why the country also dubbed the nick name “The Giant of Africa” as it not only has the largest economy in Africa but it is also the 7th largest country in the world according to UN reports. Based on estimate statistics by “World O Metres”, Nigeria has a massive population of more than 187,665,000 people. Yet crime is something that is commonly associated with Nigeria and the country struggles to shake this image off.
What’s truly going on in Nigeria?
It’s no secret that there is crime in Nigeria, just as there is within every country, one may say? This could be true to a certain extent, however, but there is so much more to the crime of the Nigerian country than what meets the eye. Organised crime is rife pertaining to all sorts of trafficking, racketeering and fraud. Crime organizations operate in a manner that filters corruption throughout the country as well as within politics. Even some of the “smaller” crimes committed in the city such as home invasions or muggings are also said to be linked to the larger leaders behind the country’s organised crime.
Political crime in Nigeria
Reports of crime in Nigerian politics came about long ago from the misuse of funds and power dating back to when Nigeria became an independent country. Several heads of government even from as early as the 60’s have resorted to unscrupulous measures by which they administered the country.
The advance-fee scam entails that the unsuspecting victim will be tricked into giving an advance sum of money in order to accomplish something and then be promised a much larger amount of cash in return (419 scam, black money scam, and Spanish prisoner scam), just to name a few.
Scams are another prevalent form of crime in Nigeria and they mainly consist of the following types:
• Fake Cheques
• Email scams
• SMS scams
• Job scams
• Lottery scams
• Scarce pet scams
• Online dating scams
• Advance-fee scams
These are, however, usually not perpetrated upon those living in the country, but rather those far away in other countries.
Combating crime in Nigeria
The Nigerian police and other special crime-fighting organisations are constantly working at solutions to combat crime and corruption in the country. The Lagos state government and the Nigerian police make use of helicopters to source out crime as means of surveillance. The launching of the National Task Force also aids in the pursuit to clamp down on the crime levels within the country.
It is therefore not necessarily that one should avoid Nigeria for personal and business travel, but rather that one prepare for a country in which a little more caution must be exercised than usual.