Crime, Drugs and the State in Africa: The Nigerian connection

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Based on previously classified government information and interviews with key officials and drug market insiders in Nigeria, this book is the first ever in-depth analysis of the international and domestic origins of illegal drug control in Africa, exploring the formulation and implementation of Nigerian drug policy between 1985 and 2010. During this period, the country came to be seen as a hub in the global drug trade and the domestic policy set in motion to tackle this perception escalated into Africa's most repressive and long-lasting anti-drug campaign. The book provocatively argues that Nigeria's drug war was not driven by an understanding of the country's drug problems but rather by political calculations made in Nigeria, the US and at the UN. This meticulously researched and wonderfully lucid book is the first thorough study of Africa's complex drugs trades in a national context. The findings are startling. Nigeria's drugs connections are vividly described, but so too is the rhetoric and hype of the international crime control agencies. ... As Klantschnig reveals in this path-breaking book, the winners and losers in Nigeria's war on drugs are not what they may seem.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages248
ISBN (Print)978-9089791047
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


  • drugs
  • Nigeria

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