Crime at the University of Lagos: Insights from Akoka Campus

in Crime, Law and Society in Nigeria
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Abstract

The chapter interrogates the phenomenon of crime at the University of Lagos (unilag), Nigeria. Using the Akoka campus as a case study, it avers that the increasing criminality in the neighbourhoods in close proximity to the campus, such as Bariga and Ilaje, is likely to affect the prevalence of crime on the campus itself. The data for the chapter were gathered through triangulation of a cross-sectional survey, in-depth interviews, and key informant interviews. The Broken Window and Defensible Space theories provide a theoretical framework for the chapter, which argues that crime on the unilag Akoka campus is insignificant,although crimes such as theft and drug use are rampant in university hostels. University walkways, classrooms, and offices also experience a relatively high rate of crime. The architectural designs of Jaja, Mariere, and NewHalls aid theft in the hostels and provide a place for cult members to hang out, in spite of the university’s zero tolerance for cultism. The chapter concludes that leaving the hostels in a dilapidated condition gives the impression that no one cares, thus making them attractive to criminals.

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