According to the 2023 Global Organized Crime Index, Nigeria holds the sixth position worldwide in organized crime rankings.

The report highlighted that Nigeria is grappling with persistent security challenges, corruption, and various criminal activities.

According to a recent survey conducted by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime,

Nigeria’s organized criminality rating increased by 0.13 points.

Nigeria secured a score of 7.28 out of 10, ranking sixth globally and second in Africa, just behind the Democratic Republic of Congo (7.35) and ahead of South Africa (7.18). In comparison, in the 2021 report,

Nigeria was ranked fifth with a score of 7.14 points.

Myanmar has the highest criminality score (8.15), followed by Colombia (7.75) and Mexico (7.57).

The report also noted a global trend of increasing criminality levels and inadequate resilience measures.

In terms of specific categories, Nigeria received a score of 7.20 for criminal actors (with a 0.5 increase) and 8.50 for criminal networks.

There was also a rise in the presence of foreign criminal actors in Nigeria, reflected in a 0.50-point increase.

The country received scores of 5.50 for mafia-style groups, 7.00 for private-sector actors, and 7.50 for state-embedded actors.

The report defines organized crime as illegal activities carried out by groups or networks in collaboration,

often involving violence, corruption, or related actions to gain financial or material benefits,

either within a country or across borders. It emphasized the complexity of measuring this clandestine phenomenon,

drawing from an extensive dataset and input from over 400 global experts

By Chinedu

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