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CRIME, VIGILANTISM, AND ELECTORAL VIOLENCE IN NIGERIA.
ABSTRACT: High rate of crime is always a concern to any society. The transition to democratic rule in May 1999 was accompanied with sudden rise in crime. There were attempts by individuals, groups, communities and the government to address the rising crime wave across the country. One of such response was the establishments of vigilante groups by the citizens. Communities and neighbourhoods formed vigilantes to protect their lives and properties. The co-option of these vigilante groups during elections by politicians to assist in the manipulations of elections contributes to violence and other criminal activities. They serve as ready army that can be deployed by politicians during elections for their electoral gains. The constant squabbles and factionalisation in almost every „vigilante‟ group across the country can be attributed to political influence and interference. This study is an attempt to ascertain the roles of vigilante groups during elections vis-a-vis the fight against crime.
KEY WORDS: Vigilantism, crime, violence and election.