YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT AND RISING CRIMINAL VIOLENCE: AN EXAMINATION OF ARMED ROBBERY IN NIGERIA.

BY

DESTINY EZE AGWANWO

Department of Sociology,

University of Port Harcourt

Email: agwanwodestiny@gmail.com.  

RUFUS IGWE 

Department of Sociology,

University of Port Harcourt.

 

SUMMARY   

Nigeria is experiencing a high and increasing level of unemployment with varying manifestations that have undermined the development and the security of lives and property of the citizens. Therefore, this paper examined the relationship between youth unemployment and the surge in criminal violence, particularly armed robbery, and argued that even though a lot of factors coalesce to account for the high level of armed robbery in Nigeria, such as corruption, the neglect of agriculture, uncontrolled population growth and low standard of education among others; unemployment is a key factor responsible for its manifestation. Based on this finding therefore, the paper conclude that the higher the rate of youth unemployment, the higher their involvement in armed robbery, which indeed, is responsible for the armed robbery and  other crime problems Nigeria is facing currently. It recommends that the governments at all levels should embark on aggressive job creation, draw up policies that will make agriculture attractive for the youth. Also, the police should be well equipped so as to embark on intelligence-driven policing to nip crime in the bud.

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Posted in VOLUME 19 NO.1 APRIL, 2017.

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