Administration of Justice

National Bureau of Statistics

This official homepage for Nigerian statistics provides news and numerous reports concerning multiple facets of Nigeria.

Nigeria: Country of Information Report

Presents detailed summaries about Nigeria which have been compiled from material produced by a wide range of reliable external information sources. Especially, the report focuses on the main asylum and human rights issues in the country, but also provides background information on geography, economy and history.

Summary of Crime Statistics in Nigeria

This website is maintained by the Green Foundation, a Nigerian non-governmental organization, and provides summary tables and charts of crime statistics in Nigeria.

World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems, Nigeria

Provides a narrative description of the criminal justice system of Nigeria. Forty-two other country descriptions are written with a common template so that comparisons of similar functions in different countries can be made easily.

Corruption & Fraud

Assessment of the Integrity and Capacity of the Justice System in Three Nigerian States, January 2006

This report, produced by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, presents statistics and data drawn from live interviews held with specific groups within the justice system.

Human Rights

Annual Reports to Congress on Human Rights Practices - Nigeria
These reports, produced by the U.S. Department of State, to the U.S. Congress. The law provides that the Secretary of State shall transmit a "full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights, within the meaning of subsection (A) in countries that receive assistance under this part, and (B) in all other foreign countries which are members of the United Nations and which are not otherwise the subject of a human rights report under this Act." Reports on several countries are included that do not fall into the categories established by these statutes and that thus are not covered by the congressional requirement. The reports cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Univeral Declaration of Human Rights. (website).

Annual Reports to Congress on International Religious Freedom - Nigeria

These reports, produced by the U.S. Department of State, describe the status of religious freedom in Nigeria, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations, and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. It is submitted in compliance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

Crime and Human Rights in Nigeria

This report by The International Council on Human Rights Policy seeks to address the questions "what problems arise for civil society when surges in criminality occur, or when crime is perceived to intensify in periods of change? [W]hat responses and strategies can be identified?" This document specifically crime and managing public order in Nigeria, a country identified as in transition.

Research & Statistics

Civil Society and Conflict Management in the Niger Delta

"There persists today a myth of a Hobbesian Niger Delta. Gang wars, cult killings, kidnapping of oil workers, hijacking of oil tankers, violent occupation of oil installations, armed robbery, election violence and communal conflicts are the raw materials for this mythology of the Niger Delta. This myth, in turn, feeds into stereotypes of a Niger Delta that is peopled by groups that are prone to conflict, criminality and violence. Yet, paradoxically, under military rule the Niger Delta was portrayed as the epitome of democratic resistance by local communities and their organizations." This report investigates the background and causes of the conflicts, and recommends policy interventions and advocacy.

Guide to Nigerian Legal Information

This guide, produced by NYU Law, provides information and website links about Nigerian legal system, government bodies, federal government agencies and sources of information.

Migration in Nigeria: A Country Profile 2009

From the International Organization of Migration's website: "[t]he reports cover a range of statistics and other data related to immigration, emigration, return migration, remittances, labour migration and irregular migration, including trafficking and smuggling. Besides explaining some of the key factors underlying current migration patterns, the country reports also provide an assessment of the institutional and policy framework governing migration (domestic legislation, institutional actors, bi- and multilateral cooperation, etc.) and its effectiveness. Drawing on the information and data presented, these country profiles indicate existing data gaps and possible strategies to improve migration statistics, and present key recommendations for policy maker to improve current migration management."

Overseas Security Advisory Council - Crime & Safety Report (2010)

This Crime & Safety Report is an annual report written by United States Regional Security Officers about the current environment in Nigeria. Also available are links to other reports and foreign embassies.

Victims of Crime

Criminal Victimization and Fear of Crime in Lagos

This report presents the results of a victimization survey conducted in 2004. There has been an increasing incidence of both criminal victimization and fear. Report is in English.

Criminal Victimization, Safety and Policing in Nigeria

These reports, produced by CLEEN Foundation (formerly known as the Center for Law Enforcement Education) include chapters on: measurement of crime and victimization, disputes and dispute resolution, criminal victimization of household members, personal crime victimization, feeling of safety and fear of crime, perceptions of criminal justice agencies, and a summary of findings. Reports are in English.

Nigeria Watch: Annual Reports on Public Violence

These reports offer highlights of main findings of the main causes of public violence including accidents, crime, oil and land clashes, political and electoral violence, and religious and ethnic fighting. Also highlighted are the main findings including the most dangerous place, the most violent incident, the worst month, and the most important findings.