Prof. Sam O. Smah

Sam O. Smah

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Sam O. Smah, PhD, is Sociology Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration, National Open University of Nigeria and an alumnus of the University of Jos, Nigeria where he obtained Doctorate, Master of Science and Bachelor’s degrees. He engages in project design, evaluation, capacity development and social sciences research. He is Consultant, social issues and presently Director, Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management.
He has worked at the Centre for Development Studies/Department of Sociology, University of Jos (Research Professor) 1991-2007; Nasarawa State University, Keffi (Professor) 2007-2017; and National Open University of Nigeria (Professor) 2017-date. Among others, he’s member, EU-supported Technical Working Group on Migration and Development; recipient UNESCO scholarship (Paris, 2004); winner  “Competitive Award to Academic Staff”, Jos/Carnegie Partnership Committee; member, Stakeholders’ Forum, National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons & Other Related Matters (2005-06); member, Technical Committee/Task Team, “Exam Malpractice and Campus Safety”, Federal Ministry of Education (Abuja, 2007). He’s held several administrative and academic positions in the university, served as external examiner/assessor at home and abroad; panelist, National Universities Commission (NUC)’s Accreditation missions; panelist, national and international television and radio programmes; and member, National Research Fund Screening and Monitoring Committee (TETFUND, 2015-). He’s received international recognition, including the 1997 “Juvenile Delinquency & Juvenile Violence in Jos, Nigeria” study, rated “landmark in the promotion of research”. Prof. Smah’s scholarship is in Sociological Criminology, Criminal Justice, Cyber criminality, Security administration, Migration, Penology, Methods and Theories. He’s travelled extensively as academic citizen.



  • Programme development
  • Examination administration
  • Students’ project supervision
  • Management



  • Corruption and governance
  • Crime and insecurity
  • Social formations
  • Migration
  • Violence



  1. Smah, S. O (2019). Contemporary Nigerian cultist groups: Demystifying the ‘invisibilities’. Ibadan: IFRA-Nigeria Working Papers Series, no. 57 (March 2019), 30pp 
  2. Ikoh, M. U., Smah, S. O, Okwanya, I, Uhembe, A. C & Akposhi, Z. A (2019). Review on factors affecting entry into drug abuse among youths in Lafia metropolis: implication on security, Journal of Drug Abuse (March, 2019) 5:1(2):1-5 DOI: 10.21767/2471-853X.100081. Available at
  3. Ikoh, M. U., Smah, S. O, Okwanya, I, Uhembe, A. C & Akposhi, Z. A (2019). Factors affecting the entry into drug abuse among youths in Lafia Metropolis: implications on security. SAGE Open (January-March, 2019): 1-15. DOI: 101177/2158244018823428. Available at
  4. Smah, S. O (2017). The national security question: Complications of poverty and health implications in Nigeria. In: Emma-Echiegbu, N (Ed., 2017) Proceedings of Interdisciplinary Research Conference. Department of Psychology & Sociological Studies, Ebonyi State, pp. 25-40
  5. Smah, S. O (2016). Pitfalls of youth dislocations in Nigeria’s national development: The imperatives of responsive     leadership, FULafia Journal of Social Sciences (Maiden Edition, 2016): 1-14
  6. Smah, S. O (2014). Researching Criminal Justice & Security Administration in Nigeria: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities. Jos: Nasarawa State University Inaugural Lecture Series No. 6
  7. Smah, S.O (2014). The ABC of Corruption in Nigeria . Jos & Abuja: CREAL Publishers
  8. Smah, S. O (2014). Economic & Financial Crime in Nigeria: Trends and Control (chapter 16) in Bassey. R, Alemika, E and T. Tingban (EDS., 2014) Policing and Crime Prevention in Nigeria. Jos: ACON, pp.343-380.
  9. Smah, S. O (2006). Nigerian Universities in the Era of Reforms: Coping Strategies by Management, Academics and Students – Criminalizing the Victims. In Jike, V. T. (ed.) The social Costs of privatisation and deregulation in Nigeria. Lagos: Nigerian Sociological Society (NISS) publication, 2006, pp. 207-232



  1. Chairman, Migration Study Centre, Abuja-Nigeria (2015-date)
  2. Member, Technical Working Group on Migration and Development (2015-date)
  3. Honorary Member, Research Board of Advisors, The American Bibliographical Institute, North Carolina, USA (2004-date)



  1. Smah, S. O (March 5-8, 2019). Contemporary Nigerian cultist groups: demystifying the ‘invisibilities’. Paper presented the conference de restitution Recherché PACKING (Protection of migrants, asylum seekers especially Children and women coming from Nigeria and victims of trafficking) held at Paris City Hall on 5-8 March, 2019, Paris France. 
  2. Smah, S. O (August 26-28, 2017). Human resources imperative for the development of senior and junior-level staff of educational institutions in Nigeria. Paper presented at the Workshop organised by Exam Ethics Marshals International Ltd. Abuja, held at Agura Hotel Abuja on 26-28 August, 2017
  3. Smah, S. O (June 2-22, 2017). The national security question: Complications of poverty and health implications in Nigeria. Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary research workshop organised by the Department of Psychology and Sociological Studies, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, held at the Staff Development Centre, on 20-22 June, 2017
  4. Smah, S. O (May 18-20, 2016). Smah. Youth and leadership in Nigeria. Paper presented at the 1st Faculty of Social sciences National Conference on the National Leadership Question in Nigeria held at the Auditorium, Federal University Lafia on 18-20 May, 2016
  5. Smah, S. O (Septemebr 4-7, 2014). Dislocations and Pitfalls in Youth Development: the Dangers of Indolence, Bad Peers and Drug Abuse. Paper presented at the 4th National Unity Conference, organized by the Community & Youth Development in Collaboration with Youth for Peace & Good Leadership Initiative International, held at the NICON Luxury Hotel Abuja on 4th -7th September 2014.



  1. Smah, S. O. Study on Cultist groups in Nigeria: A study on their origin, nature and implications, Coordinated by Institute for French Research in Africa (IFRA) Nigeria and funded by the European Union (March, 2017 to March 2019)
  2. Smah, S. O. Study on Drug Abuse among Youths in Lafia Metropolis and Implications for Urban Governance sponsored by Federal University Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria & Tertiary Education Fund (TETFUND) Abuja Institution Based Research, May 2017 to date
  3. Smah, S. O. Advance Fee Fraud in West Africa: Patterns, Extent, Methods, Techniques, Impact and Implications for Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing. Study funded by the Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA), Dakar, Senegal. October 2011-November 2012
  4. Smah, S. O. Social Documentary Survey of the Celebration of 1960 Independence by Nigerian Middle Belt Minorities” Research funded by IFRA Ibadan, July 2010- December, 2010
  5. Smah, S. O. Whistle Blowing and the Fight against Economic and Financial    Corruption in Nigeria. A Research grant funded by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC-Nigeria) and Department for International Development (DFID-British Council, UK). April 2009