Rising youth unemployment and violent crime in Nigeria

Type Journal Article - American Journal of Social Issues and Humanities
Title Rising youth unemployment and violent crime in Nigeria
Volume 2
Issue 5
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2012
Page numbers 315-321
URL http://www.ajsih.org/index.php/ajsih/article/viewFile/64/64
Violent crimes such as murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and terrorism are the most inhumane
crimes that continue to plague Nigeria. Lately, kidnappings for ransom and terrorism have taken
the centre stage leading to bloodshed and economic set-backs. The causes are not farfetched as
studies have associated rising youth unemployment to the increase in violent crimes. By using
the deprivation theory proposed by Ted Gurr, this study has explored the proximate and ultimate
causes involving the youths in violent crimes. If factors that create the feeling of deprivation and
frustration created by unemployment are addressed, Nigeria?s youths will not engage in violent

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