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Contemporary nigerian cultist groups demystifying the invisibilities (2019)

This paper is based on a study designed using social survey methods (personal focused interviews and documentary survey) to investigate the nature, consequences and control of contemporary cultism in Nigeria.

Major findings include the proliferation and politicization of cultism; heightened use of violence and coercion, resulting in fear; cultism is connected with human trafficking and prostitution for economic or financial gains and other illegitimate advantages; etc. The societal acceptance and perception of cultism, nature and role of constituent legislations affects the prosecutorial powers and dispositional outcomes of the police and courts in the prevention and control of cultism.

This Research is part of the European Project PACKING (Protection of Migrants and Asylum seekers, especially Children and Women coming from Nigeria and victims of trafficking), conducted from 2017 and 2019, both in Nigeria and in France.

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