• Mahmoud Tanimu AHMED
  • Agan Helen EGODO
  • Augustine Chukwueroke ABANIMEBON


Illicit Drugs, Substance Abuse, Criminal Behaviour, and Female Offender


This paper examines illicit drugs and operating patterns of crime among women in Kano metropolis of Nigeria. Illicit drug use is, by definition, a crime. That simple observation thrusts illicit drug use into the realm of law-breaking behaviours long dominated by men. Thus, the question of women's patterns of illicit drug use and their relation to criminal activities must be addressed within the broader context of gender differences in criminal and delinquent behaviour. Male and female patterns of both crime and substance use are very different, as the majority of the crimes being committed today are directly or indirectly connected to substance abuse. Thus, the persistence of drug abuse behaviour amongst women and the teeming youth in urban Kano has become a major source of concern. Preliminary investigation revealed that peer group influence, parenting style, broken homes and law enforcement corruption are some of the factors responsible for drug abuse menace. Therefore, the paper examines the dilemma and salient issues of illicit drugs among women in Kano metropolis area of Nigeria as well as many of the abusers engage in the act out of frustration, poverty, lack of parental supervision, peer influence and pleasure among others. The methodology used in the study was a desk-based library method where the knowledge gained from various literatures as well as conceptual, theoretical, and empirical studies reviewed form the basis for conclusion and recommendations. 


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