Date of Publication : 07, Aug, 2019
Author: 1 Diyoke Michael Chika
Co Author: 2 Oguche Christopher Joseph
Ever since the Boko Haram insurgents found a safe haven in the Sambisa forest from where they launch their attacks on the Nigerian state, neither Nigeria nor the forest has known any peace ever since. Despite efforts by the Nigerian government to subdue the sect, it continues to pose threats and commit all forms of atrocity against innocent civilians and all aspects of life. More so, the rapid expansion of the group into neighboring Chad, Niger, and Cameroon Republic threatens the peace and stability of the entire region. This paper was therefore an attempt to critically examine Boko-Haram insurgency and the precipatory criminal topography of Sambisa geosphere. The paper argued that although the socio-political, socio-economic and socio-cultural consequences of these security problems have been widely reported by many writers the criminal tendencies that characterized the topography of the Sambisa forest and their resultant challenges to combatting the insurgents has only received cursory attention. The paper recommends that the government should provide social services, proper education, employment to the youth, and economic development in general in the region in order not only to convince people especially the locals not to support Boko Haram anymore, but also to prevent a similar insurgency from reappearing again.
Keywords : Boko Haram, Criminal Topography, Insurgency, Sambisa Geosphere,