The Growing Phenomenon of Money Rituals-Motivated Killings in Nigeria: An Empirical Investigation into the Factors Responsible

  • Habeeb Abdulrauf Salihu Department of Criminology and Security Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
  • Monsurat Isiaka Department of Criminology and Security Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
  • Isiaka Abdulaziz Department of Social Sciences Education, Faculty of Social Sciences Education, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
Keywords: Money rituals in Nigeria, Belief in magical sacrifices, Unemployment, Poverty, Excessive quest for wealth among Nigerians

Abstract

This study investigated how beliefs in magical powers and related sacred activities, particularly those that accept human body parts for ritual sacrifices in return for fortunes, alongside poverty, unemployment, and quest for wealth as predictors responsible for the increase in money ritual–related killings in Ilorin Emirate of Kwara State, Nigeria. A total of 1736 respondents were selected using simple random sampling techniques. The instrument employed for data collection was a questionnaire. In addition, the information gathered was analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences. The results indicated that the increase in money ritual–related killings in Ilorin Emirate is a result of the general belief that ritual sacrifices enhance fortunes, the boundless desire for material wealth among Nigerians, unemployment, and poverty in Nigeria. Therefore, this paper suggests that there should be public enlightenment in all languages spoken in Nigeria about the dangers in associating individual success with spiritual influences.

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Author Biographies

Habeeb Abdulrauf Salihu, Department of Criminology and Security Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria

Habeeb Abdulrauf Salihu is a Doctor of Criminal Law and Criminology, lecturer at the Department of Criminology and Security Studies, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. His area of research and expertise include criminal procedure, criminal justice system, youth violence and crime, economic and financial crimes, community-based crime prevention techniques.

Monsurat Isiaka, Department of Criminology and Security Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria

Monsurat Isiaka is a leacturer and a researcher at the Department of Criminology and Security Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. Monsurat Isiaka is interested in the areas of criminal justice system, criminal procedure, restorative justice, youth crime and violence.

Isiaka Abdulaziz, Department of Social Sciences Education, Faculty of Social Sciences Education, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria

Isiaka Abdulaziz is currently working as a researcher in the Department of Criminology and Security Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences Education, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. Isiaka Abdulaziz is interested in the areas of criminal justice system, criminal procedure, restorative justice, youth crime and violence.

 

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Published
2019-12-28
How to Cite
Salihu, H. A., Isiaka, M., & Abdulaziz, I. (2019, December 28). The Growing Phenomenon of Money Rituals-Motivated Killings in Nigeria: An Empirical Investigation into the Factors Responsible. UKH Journal of Social Sciences, 3(2), 32-44. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.25079/ukhjss.v3n2y2019.pp32-44
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Research Articles