This present darkness : a history of Nigerian organised crime

TitleThis present darkness : a history of Nigerian organised crime
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsS.D.K. Ellis
PaginationXV, 313
Date Published2016
PublisherHurst & Company
Place PublishedLondon
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number0-19-049431-X, 978-0-19-049431-5
Keywordscorruption, cults, drug trafficking, human trafficking, Nigeria, organized crime, petroleum industry, political history

Nigeria and Nigerians have acquired an unfortunate reputation for involvement in drug-trafficking, fraud, cyber-crime and other types of criminal activity. Successful Nigerian criminal networks have a global reach, interacting with their Italian, Latin American and Russian counterparts. Yet in 1944, a British colonial official wrote that "the number of persistent and professional criminals is not great" in Nigeria and that "crime as a career has so far made little appeal to the young Nigerian." This book traces the origins of Nigerian organised crime to the last years of colonial rule, when nationalist politicians acquired power at a regional level. In need of funds for campaigning, they offered government contracts to foreign businesses in return for kickbacks, in a pattern that recurs to this day. Political corruption encouraged a wider disrespect for the law that spread throughout Nigerian society. When the country's oil boom came to an end in the early 1980s, young Nigerian college graduates headed abroad, eager to make money by any means. Nigerian crime went global at the very moment new criminal markets were emerging all over the world.

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