n African Security Review - Demystifying the advance-fee fraud criminal network : feature

Volume 18, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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Nigeria, a West African state, is famous for its oil wealth. However, this oil wealth has contributed to the country's infamous and notorious reputation, with anecdotal evidence suggesting that as a result of oil wealth mismanagement, corruption became entrenched in the Nigerian psyche. Consequently the Nigerian state has abdicated its duties, leaving its people to fend for themselves. Such abdication of state functions could have been one of the factors that gave rise to individual criminality in Nigeria. As a result of the collusion of the political elite with foreign companies and individuals to divert the nation's oil wealth to foreign banks, the genre of crime infamously named '419' developed and has become widespread.

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