THE IMPACT OF ARMED BANDITRY AND KIDNAPPING ON SOCIO-ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES: CASE STUDY OF SELECTED LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS IN KATSINA STATE, NIGERIA

Bashir Umar Faruk, Mustapha Muhammad Abdullahi

Abstract


Armed banditry and kidnapping has recently upsurge in many North-West states of Nigeria, their activities have rain havoc on the life and properties of the people in the region. This study attempts to examine the impact of armed banditry and kidnapping on socio economic activities, using the case of six local governments in Katsina State. Survey research designed was used and the structured questionnaire was administered to 430 respondents drawn from various communities across the selected local governments in the State. Tables and percentages were used to analysis the result. The study found that armed banditry has significant negative consequences on poverty, unemployment, food security, education, health, income and the general standard of living of the people living in the state; it also affects other socio-economic activities in the region. The study therefore recommends tight border security patrol along the porous borders to prevent the proliferation of illegal arms and ammunitions as well as pro-active measures from security agencies to secure the life and properties of the residence. Government should also extend the universal basic education programmes to extreme settlement of Fulani herdsmen and establish skills acquisitions centres targeting Fulani communities. Equally important is a call for the establishment of Fulani settlements in the abundant and under-govern forests with all the basic amenities. Adequate supply of farming inputs to revive agricultural production and to ensure food security is also important.


Keywords


Armed banditry, kidnapping, socio-economic activities, questionnaire, Katsina State

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