African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 369

Article in Press

Security Agencies and the Challenges of Insecurity in Nigeria

SOLOMON AYEGBA USMAN

  •  Received: 04 June 2015
  •  Accepted: 15 October 2015
This paper examines the multiple security challenges confronting the Nigerian state with serious security implications for her national security and corporate existence. This is with the view to aptly interrogate the roles of the security agencies especially the Nigerian police and army saddled with the responsibility of enforcing laws and order and defending the territorial integrity of the country from any form of aggression whether internal or external. While it is true that Nigeria had been bedevilled with sporadic domestic violent conflicts with high security risk before, it is not an exaggeration that the prevailing height of insecurity has put Nigeria on the slippery slope of disintegration or to say the least, a failed state. The seeming helplessness of relevant security agencies to nip in the bud the unprecedented and preponderant terrorist fury ravaging the country as currently orchestrated by the Boko Haram, has further expose the weakness and failure of the state. Therefore, this paper will situate the efforts of the security agencies in the fight against insecurity in the country to make the country safe and secure.

Keywords: Nigeria, Security Agencies, Insecurity, Terrorist/Terrorism, Boko Haram