This volume in honour of Stephen Ellis is a follow-up to the public presentation of his book on the history of organised crime in Nigeria This Present Darkness (Hurst, 2016) at the University of Lagos, Nigeria on 28 October 2016. In addition to four papers, and a book review presented at this colloquium, other contributions about crime in Nigeria have been added, written by Nigerian authors. In July 2015 Stephen died, and he has worked on This Present Darkness almost to his last moments, as a senior researcher of the African Studies Centre in Leiden. This book also contains a tribute to his life and work written by his wife and scholar Gerrie ter Haar.
Contributors include: A.E Akintayo, Jackson Aluede, Franca Attoh, Ayodele Atsenuwa, Edmund Chilaka, Samson Folarin, Gerrie ter Haar, Ayodeji Olukoju, Abiodun Oluwadare, Paul Osifodunrin and Leo Enahoro Otoide.
Rufus Akinyele is a Professor of African History and Chair of the Department of History & Strategic Studies, University of Lagos. He was on the Editorial Advisory Board of African Affairs from 2008 to 2017.
Ton Dietz was director of the African Studies Centre Leiden (2010- 2017), and a colleague of Prof. Stephen Ellis. He is Emeritus Professor of African Development at Leiden University.
Notes on Contributors
Rufus Akinyele and Ton Dietz 1 Stephen Ellis: His Life and Work
Gerrie ter Haar 2 Theft in Early Colonial Lagos, 1861–1906
Paul Osifodunrin 3 Smuggling across the Nigeria–Benin Border and Its Impact on Nigeria’s Economic Development
Jackson A. Aluede 4 Changing Patterns of Crime and Malfeasance in Nigerian Port Environments since the 1990s
Edmund Chilaka 5 Nature and Management of Human Trafficking: The Nigerian Edo People’s Experience
Leo Otoide 6 Militancy and Criminality in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria
Abiodun Oluwadare 7 Crime at the University of Lagos: Insights from Akoka Campus
Franca Attoh 8 Reporting Crime in Contemporary Lagos
Samson Folarin 9 Currency Counterfeiting and “Substantial Justice” In Colonial Nigeria: Rex vs Tijani Ali, 1931–33
Ayodeji Olukoju 10 Class Based Criminal Justice Regime, Supermarket Courts, and Illicit Interests: The Nigerian Criminal Justice Administration System in Critical Perspective
A.E. Akintayo Book Review This Present Darkness: A History of Nigerian Organised Crime Authored by Stephen Ellis (London: Hurst and Co, 2016)
Scholars, students, and policy makers interested in the social history of crime, and in the social, economic and cultural history and current affairs of Nigeria.