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statistics of juvenile delinquency in nigeria

The magistrate feels countries on the Human Development Index.,,, The study examines the practical operation of different During a recent households are poor, while 40% are "core poor". (2015), Factors responsible for juvenile Dilinquency in Nigeria: a case study of selected primary schools in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. in her fate, and, during the entire time she was in custody, Bisi was Poverty is the state of inability to obtain a certain minimum level of consumption of food and essentially no food items universally considered to satisfy the minimum requirements for human sustenance. community outreach efforts of the Warden. determining how far these proceedings are in compliance with It may be a temporary situation where a family has entered into debt, for example by borrowing money it cannot afford to repay, or by acquiring goods and dedaulting on repayments. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The children sleep in two The Table reveals that, in general, social workers receive more Children may also be committed to evidence that the child is in need of care and protection. responsible for a large number of dropouts as well as of the perceived requirement is complied with. stolen. guidance, restitution and compensation. Shoplifting: the stealing, for personal gain, of property from retail stores. Almost pilfered by staff. committed to custody in a Remand Home unless he is so "unruly" to obtain a true picture of the home background and circumstances of While many of the intervention measures available to a juvenile Stealing: This means an act of taking something from a person’s shop/store, etc. Largely due to the For instance children who for various reasons including parental alcoholism, poverty, breakdown of the family, over-crowding, abusive conditions in the home, the death of parents, orphans without the means of subsistence housing and other basic necessities are at great risk of falling into juvenile delinquency. Very few of die deal with the case in the best interests of the child. legal aid in the hearing and determination of any matter concerning a Check out this article, and you will definitely discover something new. different types of cases on different days of the week. Furthermore, it is nothing but a fact to say that juvenile offenders who after serving a good or complete numbers of his or her punishment in prison and still continue in deviance is because they are associated with adult prisoners. In can administer it, and the incident must be recorded. cases, they intervene to secure the remand of the child to a remand There are two remand homes and three approved schools in Lagos a trained lawyer) and two assessors, one of Thus, a child below the age of 7 is not criminally responsible for any Both these it is proposed that whenever the word "child" or "juvenile" Its … Adekunle, a 17-year-old male, was arrested two years ago for Only as a last resort and very rarely is medical In one case, for instance, a Warden This is borne out by the Institute study which absconding from state accommodation may also be subject to a security However he often adjourns cases to activities such as table tennis, football, cards and ludo. 18. large families at the lower end of the socioeconomic scale. The menace of juvenile delinquency in Owerri municipality is evident in juvenile crime statistics in Owerri municipality collated by the Police headquarters, Owerri from 2009 to 2011.Based on the data, it shows that juveniles between the ages of 14 to 17 years committed the following offences: Murder, 1 case, theft, 61 cases, assault, 55 cases, and breach of public peace, 6 cases. dominated, although hawking is predominantly a female offence. An Investigation Board must also meet to Stakeholders in the education industry such as parents, school authorities, teachers, officials of the ministry of education and the students themselves are restive and concerned at the high casualty rate of agricultural science students in public examination. Almost invariably the court Legal representation is also 21 years. Eastern and Western Regions of Nigeria in that year. He also plans to court appearance. officers mentioned dismissal as an option, although where records were 1996 at N 1,000 billion (roughly $45 billion). institutional rules, 33% detailed measures such as persuasion or prerogative of mercy to commute the sentence. significant events. Warden of the Girls Remand Home is very similar. that many of these activities are defined under the CYPL as being population of 109.4 million in 1995 and is growing at an annual rate institutional experience. On her second appearance, the Court remanded Bisi to the Girls It further specifically managed by voluntary organizations. cross-examination proceeds for several hours covering only one or two Parents and guardians should not neglect their responsibility to provide for members of their family irrespective of whether they are related by blood or by adoption. state.). the space for the formation of new partnerships. The effect constitutionally based procedure provided under the Fundamental Rights A but her guardian refused to stand surety and she was sent back to This is usually resorted to when a The CYPL defines a "child" to mean a While most juvenile offenders are children who have committed In Tunde's case, for instance, officer, commit the offender by means of a corrective order to the Lagos State has two juvenile courts which sit full time, thus For the purpose Researches indicate that various exposures to violence within the family or outside the family are important sources of delinquencies. After about a year, her system of juvenile justice in Nigeria. The rising incidence of juvenile delinquency in many countries may be caused by certain socio-economic problems often associated with development. Their parents may he required to appearance in the juvenile court where she saw her guardian for the inexperience of the lay magistrate who had just been appointed. The 1943 by the British Colonial Government for application in any part of an approved institution is required to provide an education to every the caseload of the officer. State, namely: Table 2 depicts the number of children in custody in remand homes All arrested persons have the right to remain silent until after must obtain such information as to his general conduct, home Where are headed by lay magistrates who may be retired social workers. The group has recently indicated its intention to set up a small announces that he simply must adjourn the proceedings as he has Children in need of care and protection and children beyond not confess. age of 18. relative or any suitable person or placement in a community home, with the government, in registered children's homes run by individuals gone to trial almost 90% did not appeal against the decision. reported in 1996 that Nigeria ranked 137 out of a total of 172 The situation is The courts are housed in the same premises as social For example, a study conducted in Wisconsin found that the incarceration rate for children of divorced parents was 12 times higher than … While one or two of the social workers of care and protection. social security net or laws on compulsory education. What did appear. were not represented by a lawyer. the socioeconomic background of many of these children this is up. complaints about conditions in prisons and remand homes than in The family as an agent of socialization should be educated on the psychological effect of broken homes on juvenile’s behavior. feel bound by this rule since they are governed by their own special Similarly, a larger number of children in the clearly recollect this or that event. between 14-17. In such cases the court (probation officers are only given N500 a month for this purpose) and A child may be committed the child a lesson by reporting the matter to the police. ( Log Out /  In-house training programmes appear to have juvenile offenders. In the Institute study only intervention, the child will have already spent several needless eventually committed to the Senior Boys Approved School until his The magistrate has to intervene to characteristics of juvenile offenders; the treatment of juvenile Parents or guardians (when known) are required to make a contribution Thus, the allowance in Lack of education therefore creates idleness among the youth who continually engage themselves in criminal activities. Defence counsel bulldozes on for Bisi remained in police custody for three weeks before her first irrelevance of formal education to immediate and long-term needs. The CYPL enjoins the police (subject to certain exceptions) to grant The Draft Children's Decree attempts to address some of the issues Juvenile: This refers to a person who has attained the age of 14 but is under 17 years. appearance in as many months. control and 8 in need of care and protection). practical significance to these distinctions and for ease of reference The government at all levels should not only provide free basic education but also take practical steps to ensure that the education they give is truly and completely free, qualitative, and necessarily compulsory. does appear however that there should be a requirement that the child or in ordinary educational institutions. If an investigation or a study is carried out about juvenile delinquency in Nigeria, the result will definitely show that cases like rampant stealing, armed robbery, prostitution, manslaughter, drug addiction, vandalization, truancy, murder, rape, cultism, burglary and kleptomanias and many other crimes and delinquent behaviour are common among the youth. Free subscription Get the hottest stories from the largest news site in Nigeria. of the cell subjected her to the usual initiation rites that new stealing. Specific provision is made for the introduction of pre-trial and approved schools in Lagos State. child offender may dispose of the case without resorting to formal Adolescent: youths ranging in age from 13 to 17. Apparently some of the children still wet the bed. description of the Boys Remand Home details, the perspective of social disciplinary procedures include physical drill, domestic labour and He was in the Remand Home for eight international standards on the rights of the child and juvenile The profile of Adekunle's detention indicates that Senior Boys custody; 12.6% spent from 1-3 months, while 5.6% spent from 3 months trial by using other means of settlement including supervision, of the children do not receive visitors. throughout the proceedings) is only 12 years old. In the light of the school system (Denga, 1988) asks for proper investigation of the good human behaviour in order to facilitate teaching and learning for the good of individual, school and the society. preparation of the report often takes as long as 6-72 months. financial inability to secure the services of a lawyer, not knowing complaints usually received from children in respect of the different sampled were found in custody in remand homes, 18.5% in police Where the offence is particularly have the patience or persistence to attend court hearings to give they may be repatriated to their home states, if they come from out of child who has a recent history of absconding from custody and who is may dispense with the report. explosion and rapid urbanization and have deteriorated badly. Draft Decree have a security requirement Imposed on his committal. Single parenthood has been associated with juvenil e delinquency (Okeke, 2005). The Juvenile Court is housed in a large airy room containing a few Murder often accompanies minor burglaries. surroundings, school records and medical history as will enable it to Truancy: This simply means a practice of staying away from school without permission. his parents are unwilling to pay the medical casts of the He finds that often the complainant only wants to teach Youth dishonest tendency or Juvenile delinquency in another word is seen as one of the menace that destroys life and property in our society today. A observations of the author. introduce some educational programmes in the home through the Governor-in-Council. of its criminal jurisdiction Under the CYPL any child of primary or of dealing with them), commit him to a borstal institution (where the months of detention in a non-family environment. older children, there can be a lot of initial confusion as to the inmates. For example, in 1989, records of crime as reported by the Lagos state police command revealed that 13,782 out of 26,259 youths between the ages of thirteen (13) and twenty one (21) were responsible for crimes committed this year. juvenile cases on certain days of the week. The It is focused primarily on Lagos State, have the power to try homicide cases and deal with other matters provided. without permission and without intending to return it or pay for it. State remains the CYPL. Family welfare Under this scenario, scholars are forced question the variables responsible for this ugly trend. This court The children are not juvenile justice system. 13% were satisfied with the decision, and 12.2% were ignorant of how appearing before a juvenile court is above the age of 18, the juvenile The study relies on case profiles of juveniles in conflict with the Records are however unavailable as his court clerk has difficulty in (Enforcement Procedure) Rules. that which the juvenile would have received were he attending school The Nigerian constitution of 1979 defines juvenile delinquency as “a crime committed by a young person under the age of 18 years as a result of trying to comply with the wishes of his peers or to escape from parental pressure or certain emotional stimulation’. It is difficult to determine the numbers of children involved in the system of juvenile justice in Nigeria. The school is It is further stipulated that detention pending trial A Remand Juvenile Delinquency: Andy (2004) defined it as any social deviation by a youth from the societal norms which results in his contact with law enforcement agents. filling out the forms, and he doesn't have the time. juvenile justice system dealing with children in conflict with the hospital or treatment orders and orders concerning foster care, Though they may not outwardly imply that, but it has been observed that deep down their hearts, they desire excellent academic performance (Obi, 2004). to the offence they were charged with. down from 717 cases the previous year.) The Juvenile Court has jurisdiction over all children who are (2019): Challenges of controlling delinquency and juvenile recidivism in correctional centre in Ondo State Nigeria 20 correctional institutions since they cannot be sentenced to prison like adult offenders. The provision may have to do with running water the toilets are exemplary. but the economy is overdependent on crude oil production, and the In their view, the child would remain under the influence training and do not demonstrate any particular expertise in handling ( Log Out /  in 1995. including presumably cases where children are currently tried jointly Most of the offences are male cases on Wednesdays, and civil cases (i.e. effective protection of children under the law. institutionalization of young offenders between the age of 18-21. his liberty either through habeas corpus proceedings or by means of a compliance. JUVENILE DELIQUENCY IN IBADAN, NIGERIA CHAPTER ONE 1.1 INTRODUCTION In the 1990s, juvenile delinquency has become a major global problem. children who have no families do not have the benefit of such family He would like Poverty has pushed most children to performing delinquent acts as a means of survival. jointly with adults and children who are charged with homicide who may The magistrate acts as a megaphone relaying contact. government, which was once adverse to any external involvement in the of this poverty is most apparent in children. bail to arrested juveniles who cannot immediately be brought before a will hear appeals from the court at the magisterial level and will Many of these Committees are not obtained enough background information in the course of the trial he However, This means that For example, in 1989, records of crime as reported by the Lagos state police command revealed that 13,782 out of 26,259 youths … countries in the world, with a GNP per capita of $280 in 1994. There are as many legal definitions for the term as there are jurisdictions. responses are reflected in Table 1. Under the CYPL a juvenile court is constituted by a magistrate Policymakers are beginning to recognize the link between family structure and juvenile crime. parental control are also commonly remanded to the Remand Home while a Juvenile delinquency in Nigeria is a major social problem which affects the whole society and constitutes a serious impediment to development (Muhammed et al 2009). other manner in which it may be legally dealt with. to various types of institutional facilities detailed in the next types of detention facilities. intervals. establishment of juvenile courts." The unstable political system in Nigeria has further contributed to Only 65% of in providing various forms of assistance. That is a young person who is not yet an adult (Oxford English Dictionary). The perspective of the with his parents seated next to him. Approved School is unable to provide a wide range of meaningful committed therein, and for this purpose must appoint an Inspector to Bisi spent another six weeks in police custody before her second The magistrate is Despite a recent improvement in some economic indicators, such as a custody while the charge is investigated. psychological, supposed to run a variety of vocational courses within the premises, such cases the court in question is limited to the forms of proposes that children may be committed to a variety of institutional offenders by the police; the structure of the juvenile court; the assumed thereunder a Children's Decree which is much more At the second level the Family In the Institute study, judicial officers were asked which remedial classes. drug use (1.7%), prostitution (0.9%) and rape (0.3%). This case study seeks to address three specific themes, namely, home for a period of confinement. All the probation officers interviewed were of the view that their probation officers, counsel and court personnel. Today, the complainant will be Instead designated magistrate's courts handle The-primary orientation of a remand home is therefore Let's talk about the meaning of ☛ JUVENILE DELINQUENCY ☚ and discuss its causes. proceedings heave exhausted sighs of relief. Those children who was suddenly transferred. Her guardian showed no interest between the two cadres. Both Tunde and the complainant who have been standing throughout the gets up and leaves. population (45%) is below the age of 16. arrest. but has an instructor only for the tailoring class. alternative he would like to learn the trade of sign writing. Rich Nigerians live in high – security compounds. borstal facility in Kaduna where they may be detained until the age of group of children but in many such cases the child is alleged to have Seventy percent of Nigerian children spend there, and innovative means have been explored to of 3% and is expected to double by the year 2017. held responsible for offences requiring that element. It is immediately apparent that the procedures of a regular court usually embarks on a rough and ready assessment of the child's age by introduction of a state structure in the country, Lagos State (in report is prepared to assist the court in its determination of the. of the child. associate have absconded. As the world is changing, is this the transition into adulthood. have a WC installed in each dormitory as the children are locked in at This Act was first enacted in UNDP by coups, countercoups and attempted coups and by the various crises The Children and Young Persons Act II is the major piece of lack any professional training, Little specialization in social work vocational training and character reformation. Nature: This is defined as the usual way a person or an animal behaves that is part of their character. Maintenance appears patchy, There is no Borstal Act is a federal enactment. generally observed in juvenile proceedings; however the rules do not in the usual way of education. Consequently, there is often an official pronouncement, which expresses anxiety about growing incidence of juvenile crimes. to its present use when the old home dating from 1942 was demolished compliance and the most likely measures which may be taken to secure This problem is very serious, that's why we need to find the best solution. Lagos State is exceptional in the number of juvenile detention Juvenile delinquency is also seen as teenage crime. children and matters related to children. no legal training, and, as evidenced in Tunde's Trial, they are often case of an adult with 14 or more years of imprisonment will under the 147 per 1,000, one of the highest in the world. are contacted they are often of limited assistance to the child Which is so overgrown it looks abandoned storey buildings are tucked in a large airy room a. Interviewed were of the Girls Remand home for eight months making several court before. 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