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Lagos accounts for 36.08% of crimes in Nigeria in 2016 – says NBS

The bureau said a total of 125,790 crime cases were reported within the year from the 36 states of Nigeria, with Lagos contributing 45,385 (36.08%), Abuja 13,181 (10.48%) and Delta 7,867 (6.25%) crime cases.

Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwumi Ambode and Lagos state Commissioner of Police. CP. Fatai Owoseni
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The report which was released on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, on its website showed that Lagos was followed by Abuja FCT and Delta state at the top of the table while states such as Kastina and Abia states had the least crime recorded within the year.

The bureau said a total of 125,790 crime cases were reported within the year from the 36 states of Nigeria, with Lagos contributing 45,385 (36.08%), Abuja 13,181 (10.48%) and Delta 7,867 (6.25%) crime cases.

The crime cases as reported by the NBS cut across the offence against persons, an offence against property, offence against lawful authority and an offence against local Acts.

The report said offence against persons are those offences against human beings such as murder, manslaughter, infanticide, concealment of birth, rape and other physical abuse, etc.

Offences against properties were those offences against human belonging: Properties of any kind like stealing, receiving stolen properties, obtaining property by false pretence, robbery, burglary and house breaking.

Offences against lawful authority, this is any offence committed against any establishment of the law e.g. failure to pay tax to the appropriate authority.

It explained that Local Acts are those laws that we cannot enforce outside Nigeria - e.g. Liquor Act or Firearms Act.

A breakdown of crimes committed in Lagos based on the crime categories showed that 15,426 cases of offence against persons; 22,885 cases of offence against property; 6,768 cases of offence against lawful authority and 306 cases of offence against offence local Acts.

For Abuja, 2,984 cases of offence against persons, 9,350 cases against property, 843 cases lawful authority and only four cases against local Acts.

The bureau also noted that Kastina, Abia and Zamfara states recorded the least total occurrence of crime within this period. Kastina which had the lowest recorded 120 (0.10%) crimes cases, while Abia had 364 (0.29%) cases and Zamfara 483 (0.38%) cases.

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