Lagos Accounts For 37.9% of Crimes in Nigeria in 2017 – Says NBS

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The Bureau said a total of 134,663 crime cases were reported within the year from the 36 states of Nigeria, with Lagos contributing 50,975 (37.9%), Abia and Delta State followed closely with 12,408(9.2%) and 7,150(5.3%) cases recorded respectively.

The latest crime statistics report by the National Bureau of Statistics has indicated 37.9% of total crime cases in Nigeria in 2016 were reported in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria.

The report which was released on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, showed that crime Statistics on reported offences reflected a total of 134,663 cases were reported in 2017. The offence against property has the highest number of cases reported with 68,579 of such cases reported. The offence against persons recorded 53,641 cases reported while offence against lawful authority recorded the least with 12,443 cases recorded respectively. 

Kebbi State has the lowest percentage share of total cases reported with 205(0.2%) cases recorded. Kogi and Bauchi States followed closely with 282(0.20%) and 386(0.30%) cases recorded respectively.

It is pertinent to state that offence against persons are those offences against human beings e.g. murder, manslaughter, infanticide, concealment of birth, rape and other physical abuse while offence against properties are those offences against human belonging, properties of any kind e.g. stealing, receiving stolen properties, obtaining property by false pretence, robbery, burglary and housebreaking.

Offences against lawful authority are any offence commitment against any establishment of the law e.g. failure to pay your tax (FIRS) amounts to an offence against lawful authority in Nigeria.

Data on Numbers of Area Commands, Divisions, Stations, Police Posts And Village Posts reflected that there are 12 Zonal Commands, 37 Commands, 217 Area Commands, 1730 Divisions Head Quarter, 1212 Police Stations, 2020 Police Post and 328 Police Village Post as at 2017.

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