Journal of Contemporary Urbanology

Curbing violence and security challenges in North Eastern Region of Nigeria: The Urban Planning Perspectives

1Hassan Yerima Tifwa, 2Elegba Emmanuel O.F and 3Zungwenen Utange Jonathan (Department of Urban & Regional Planning1&2; The Federal Polytechnic, Idah. Kogi State, Nigeria, and Department of Urban & Regional Planning3 UniversitiTeknologi, Malaysia;


The pervasiveness and intractability of global violence and crime related issues have constituted fundamental challenge worldwide. In spite of the existing literature about the various responses to the growing security threats and increase in crime rate, there is the obvious need to attempt a continuous, dynamic and innovative approach that will effectively complement existing strategies. Nigeria since the year 2012 has being experiencing violence particularly in the north eastern part of the country caused by Boko Haram insurgency. This study examinesthe pattern of violence in North Eastern Nigeria with particular emphasis on the activities ofBoko Haram. It was done using the archival, documentary and descriptive approaches. Reported cases of violence within the region were sampled in the three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. Key findings reported alarming cases of deaths, injuries and damage of properties within the region since the emergence of the insurgence. In addition, the traditional system of planning was found to be inadequate in tackling the current security challenge and there is generally poor performance of governance in the region. The study recommends critical overview of urban planning strategies as a sustainable framework for combating security challenge confronting the north east region and the country at large. With appropriate planning strategies and good governance, more stable and predictable conditions can be achieved.

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