Contemporary Configuration of Crime Across Nigerian Cities

  • Adegbola OjoEmail author
  • Oluwole Ojewale


The occurrence of urban crime is not distributed evenly over space and time. An understanding of the geographical and chronological configuration of crime can help to guide the dispersal of law enforcement resources. Nigeria presently lacks a comprehensive, coherent and up-to-date data infrastructure to monitor urban crime patterns and trends and to relay the resulting information to law enforcement agencies, researchers, policymakers and the public. Using recently collected data, this chapter discusses the geo-temporal structure of crime in urban Nigeria using a series of reliable crime metrics. The metrics allow for the analysis of the fear of crime, spatial density of repeat victimisations, the pervasiveness and disproportionate clustering of criminal events. Using settlement hierarchies, the chapter also discusses temporal fluctuations of urban crime risk in Nigeria.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of GeographyUniversity of LincolnLincolnUK
  2. 2.CLEEN FoundationAbujaNigeria

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