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Victims of Crime: The Nigerian Perception of Restitution

NCJ Number
Crime & Justice International Volume: 14 Issue: 21 Dated: October 1998 Pages: 15-18
Janet O. Shopeju
Date Published
4 pages
This study reviewed the attitudes of 800 Nigerian citizens toward the concept of victim restitution using a Likert-type questionnaire.
The sample of 800 respondents, half male and half female, was drawn from educated Nigerians residing in Abeokuta. Only 42 percent of respondents felt that victims of robbery should be compensated. However, when asked if robbers should compensate their victims, a majority responded positively. About equal proportions were in support or against the idea that victims of assault should be compensated. Appreciable differences were observed between males and females on whether the government should compensate victims of assault. The study demonstrated that citizens should be educated about the needs of crime victims. 2 tables