Over the last six decades, Nigeria’s urban population has expanded rapidly and this trend of growth is expected to continue in the coming decades. The underlying cause of rapid urban population growth and urban expansion in Nigeria remains debatable. Urban development has been an enabler of risk and crime for a substantial part of the urban population in Nigeria. This chapter introduces the reader to the topic of the book and identifies the range of knowledge gaps that the book tries to fill. The chapter also recognises the interdisciplinary audiences and stakeholders that may find the book useful. A gentle overview to the range of data sources used in the book is also provided, followed by brief summaries of each chapter.
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