Article Number: DRJSSE011759348
ISSN: 2449-0806

Vol. 10(5), Pp. 77-87, July 2022

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Original Research Article

Implications of Rural Banditry on Educational Development in Nigeria: A Critical Review

Sanchi, I. D.

Alhassan, Y. J.

Ajibade, O. V.

Sabo, Y. A.


The purpose of this paper was to examine the effects that rural banditry has had on educational progress in Nigeria. Banditry is quickly reaching alarming levels in Nigeria, to the point where it constitutes a severe security danger not only to the country’s educational system but also to other parts of the economy. This threat affects not just the educational system but also other parts of the economy. The extent to which bandits operate within the terrain of Nigeria has resulted in the dislocation of students enrolled in schools, a wave of kidnappings, the mutilation of people, the loss of lives, population displacements, the loss of cattle, and the disruption of socioeconomic activities in general. It has also contributed to the creation of an atmosphere that is uncertain and comatose throughout the country. Both the government of Nigeria and its people are becoming increasingly concerned about the situation. Therefore, the purpose of this paper was to investigate the repercussions of rural banditry on the educational growth of the nation. It investigated the ideas behind rural banditry, the history of rural banditry, the elements that encourage rural banditry activities, as well as the scope of rural banditry. In addition, it evaluated the amount and severity of the impact that activities related to rural banditry have had on the educational system in Nigeria, as well as the effects of rural banditry and the efforts taken by the government of Nigeria to combat rural banditry. The article proposed that the presence of scarcely governed spaces, a high level of unemployment with the attendant poverty, a weak security system, the porousness of Nigeria’s borders, and the proliferation of arms, among other things, are the driving factors that are accelerating banditry in Nigeria. The report argues further that the widespread criminal activity in Nigeria poses a threat to national security, as well as to the maintenance of peace and the growth of education as well as other areas of the economy. The efforts that many stakeholders have made to combat the plague have not produced the result that was hoped for. It is recommended, among other things, that the government should adopt strategies and tactics that are more proactive in prosecuting the war against rural banditry; create meaningful employment opportunities for the youths with the goal of addressing the pervasive and chronic poverty that exists throughout the country. In addition, the government should effectively monitor and secure our borders with the countries that are neighboring us in order to stop the illegal migration of people and the proliferation of arms. At the same time, the government should engage in reorienting the individuals in order to instill in them ethical values as well as reverence for life and human rights.

Keywords: Banditry. Educational development, insecurity, Nigeria

 Received: May 15, 2022  Accepted: June 20, 2022  Published: July 9, 2022

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