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The Effects of Crime

The Effects of Crime

Crime is an unlawful act punishable by a state or other authority ~Wikipedia

The issue of Crime is a matter that concerns all of us because of its dire consequences.These crimes include but are not limited to rape, fraud, kidnapping, murder, money laundering, terrorism, cyber crimes, bribery and corruption, and others.

In Nigeria, we have seen how those who are meant to fight crime have become the crime suspects. This has turned the country into a joke. Hence, the call for action , and a sense of responsibility among citizens and leaders.

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The issue of Crime is a matter that concerns all of us because of its dire consequences. In the crime index by country (2020 mid year) as reported by numbeo, Nigeria was ranked as the 17th country (with a crime index of 63.27 and a safety index of 36.73) out of 133 countries listed, thus becoming the first West African country on that list, and the third African country (after South Africa and Angola) .

Also, a 2014 report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Cybercrime costs the global economy $445 billion annually. We saw an increase in this figure to $600 billion in 2017.

As a result of these crimes – which usually come in different shades, the country has been coloured in red, as one of the most dangerous places to travel to. Recently, some companies in the United Arab Emirates omitted Nigerians from applying for their listed jobs, due to the activities of fraudsters who are not good ambassadors of the country overseas. We have seen some countries toughen their visa rules for Nigerians in the past, due to the bad behaviour of some of our citizens.

In 2012, Nigeria was estimated to have lost over $400 billion to corruption since independence. In 2018, the country ranked 144th in the 180 countries listed in Transparency International’s Corruption Index (with Somalia, at 180th, being the most corrupt, and Denmark the least) ~Wikipedia.

It is laughable to see some of these criminals receive praises and accolades from people. They are celebrated as social media idols, and revered by those they manipulate. In our communities, corrupt politicians rule, rolling out money as a red carpet to silence the voice of reason. During elections, lives are lost, as these same leaders in order to win, resort even to arms to achieve their goals.

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