Homicide in northern Nigeria: A clinico-forensic survey
Mafullul, Yakubu M.
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The clinico-forensic aspects of homicide in northern Nigeria are presented, based on an interview of 118 subjects comprising 85% of homicide convicts at the Jos federal prison: Although psychotic motives and acute alcohol intoxication were held by the courts to account for the offenses of 24% of the accused, the study suggests that psychotic motives and substance use disorders (including alcohol intoxication) could be held to account for the offenses of 39.8% of the accused. There was under-utilization of psychiatric services in the trial and disposition of homicide offenders. A recommendation is made for greater liaison between the criminal justice system and mental health services.