Tag Archives: Nigeria

Countering West Africa piracy

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea off the west coast of Africa has cost $2.3 billion over the last 3 years, according to this article, which reports that “attacks in the region more than doubled in 2018, accounting for all … Continue reading

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8-hour shifts in Nigeria

The inspector general of police in Nigeria has ordered an end to 12-hour shifts, to be replaced by 8-hour shifts, as reported here. In his view, the switch will “aid in enhancing the emotional, psychological, physical and medical well-being of … Continue reading

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State security service in Nigeria

This column discusses recent improvements in Nigeria’s domestic intelligence/state security agency, the DSS. It had become highly politicized under recent administrations, seeking greater publicity but losing effectiveness and credibility. Since August a new director has returned the agency to a … Continue reading

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More due process, less murder

This article summarizes a cross-national study of 89 countries that found two factors associated with having a lower murder rate — fewer young males and more due process of law. Having the death penalty or being more democratic had little … Continue reading

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Corruption in Nigeria

This report analyzes widespread corruption throughout 20 different sectors of the government and economy in Africa’s most populous country, concluding that “Corruption is the single greatest obstacle preventing Nigeria from achieving its enormous potential.” It notes that police,┬áthe country’s most-bribed … Continue reading

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Drug trafficking via Spain

This article details shifts in the trafficking of drugs from Latin America to Europe and discusses investigative cooperation between the U.S. and Spain. Smuggling from Colombia and Venezuela through Caribbean countries, especially the Dominican Republic, has increased in recent years … Continue reading

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Nigerians favor state police

Nigeria has a national police but has been considering some form of decentralization for years. This column reports a survey indicating that 61% of citizens favor moving to state police, a structure also backed by the country’s 36 governors and … Continue reading

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