Organised Crime and the Nigerian Criminal Enterprises: An Examination of Adolfo Beria Di Argentine's 'Mafia Issues ― Analyses and Proposals for Combatting the Mafia of Today'
24 Pages Posted: 5 May 2016
Date Written: April 29, 2016
'Organized Crime' has been variously defined and interpreted the world over, without any universal or international agreement. While some of the definitions read like poetry, others were terse and bereft of allure. This work takes a panoramic examination of the Italian Sicilian Mafia which was rechristened La Cosa Nostra in the USA, through the lenses of Adolfo Beria Di Argentine's seminal paper titled 'Mafia Issues...' and a few others, as templates, to consider whether the documented series of criminal activities in Nigeria qualify to be called 'organized crime', as some of the literature contend. Persuaded by Professor Adedokun A. Adeyemi's definition of what 'organized crime' is not, and an objective examination of Klaus Von Lampe's collection of 180 definitions of 'organized crime', this writer concludes that what is dubbed as Nigerian Organized crime, or criminal enterprise, is no more than a loose network of criminals engaged in the despicable and condemnable acts of illegal acquisition of wealth by dubious means. He also contends that the issue of definition apart, the world should stand resolutely together as one, to ingeniously confront the transnational criminal activities, or face the consequences of its lethargy.
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