THE ROLE OF VIGILANTE SECURITY GROUPS IN CRIME PREVENTION AND CONTROL IN YAGBA EAST, KOGI WEST, NIGERIA

Monday Joseph Aina, Akoji Ocheja

Abstract


 Armed robbery, kidnapping, Banditry and other violent crimes had assumed a disturbing dimension over the years in most parts of Nigerian society particularly in Yagba East LGA.,of Kogi West. The Nigeria Security agencies like Police and others have also declared War against Crime several times but to no avail. This study examine the role of Vigilante Security Groups in crime prevention and control in Yagba East local government, the cross sectional survey design was adopted in the study. A total of 186 respondents, aged 18 years and above were chosen for the study. Quantitative and Qualitative methods were used in data collection. Descriptive statistics such as frequency, percentage were used to analyze data. Findings of the study indicate that the current level of crime reduced due to the intervention of Vigilante Security Group.  Results further shows that poverty, unemployment, inequality, hopelessness are the factors responsible for the high levels of crime rate. The study recommends among others that crime and criminal activities should be effectively tackled through the cooperation and collaboration of vigilante security service groups and the Nigeria Police.


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Nigeria security agencies, Vigilante Security Groups, Crime Prevention, Crime Control,

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