Gangs in Nigeria: an updated examination
Abbreviated Journal Title
Crime Law Soc. Change
NORTHERN NIGERIA; SOCIAL IDENTITY; BAKASSI BOYS; VIOLENCE; YOUTH; PSYCHOLOGY; MEMBERS; STREET; HEALTH; Criminology & Penology; Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
This paper analyzes gangs in Nigeria, providing an updated examination of their current strategies and activities. The premise of this analysis partly draws on Social Identity Theory, with respect to gang affiliation. Particularly explored are (1) gang cultism as a common phenomenon on college campuses in Nigeria (through their malicious, secret, fraternity-like activities) and (2) the role of Islam in Nigerian gangs. The case study of the 'Yan Daba, urban gangs particularly found in the northern part of Nigeria, is used to illustrate the authors' arguments. A brief comparison of Nigerian Muslim gangs with European Muslim gangs is also provided.
Crime Law and Social Change
"Gangs in Nigeria: an updated examination" (2009). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 1885.