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INSECURITY AS AN IMPEDIMENT TO DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA
Based on figures from the National Bureau of Statistics, the total crime figure which is synonymous to insecurity was 31,553 in 2006. However, in 2016, the total national crime figure was 125,790, which means between 2006 and 2016, insecurity increased by 298.66% within a period of ten years. This is a big challenge to security administrators. Data from United Nations Development Program showed that Nigeria’s Human Development Index were 0.466 and 0.527 for 2006 and 2016 respectively. The difference of 0.061 is infinitesimal and from that period till now, Nigeria ranks among the Low Human Development Countries. This paper therefore identified insecurity as a major cause of Nigeria’s poor national development profile. The paper identified enhanced welfare package to security personnel, community policing, purging of security outfits of undesirable elements, revamping the judiciary to strengthen the criminal justice system, economic empowerment for the teaming population of youths as some of the solutions to address the insecurity situation in Nigeria in order to achieve accelerated national development.
Key words: Insecurity, national development, security personnel