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

  • Habeeb Abdulrauf Salihu University of Ilorin
  • Monsurat Isiaka University of Ilorin
  • Isiaka Abdulaziz University of Ilorin
Keywords: Money rituals in Nigeria, Belief in magical sacrifices, Unemployment, Poverty, Excessive quest for wealth among Nigerians


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, University of Ilorin

Department of Criminology and Security Studies, University of Ilorin, Ilorin

Monsurat Isiaka, University of Ilorin

Department of Criminology and Security Studies, University of Ilorin, Ilorin

Isiaka Abdulaziz, University of Ilorin

Department of Social Sciences Education, University of Ilorin, Ilorin


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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.
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