National Bureau of Statistics Reports Abuja, Lagos Has The Highest Crime Rate

New data from the National Bureau of Statistics has shown that the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and Lagos State has the highest crime rate in Nigeria.

Lagos State and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja had a combined sum of crimes cases reported totalling 58,566 in 2016 according to the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS.

The Crime Statistics was published on Tuesday on the NBS website as reported by Type and State in 2016.

As reported by the Bureau, Katsina and Abia States had the lowest crimes rate while Lagos and Abuja recorded the highest of crime cases registered in 2016.

The NBS also highlighted that Abuja recorded 13,181 crime cases while Lagos had the highest of 45, 385 cases reported.

The cases registered are broken down as offence against persons, offence against property, offence against lawful authority and offence against local Acts.

A further breakdown of crime cases highlighted that Abuja registered 2,984 cases of offence against persons, 9,350 cases against property, 843 cases lawful authority and only four cases against local Acts.

In the category of offence against persons are those criminal acts against persons like manslaughter, rape, infanticide, murder, concealment of birth and any other physical abuse etc.

In another category offence against properties include those offences committed against human belongings such as stealing, burglary, obtaining property by false pretence, housebreaking, robbery, receiving of stolen properties etc.

Offence against lawful authority, this involves any crime committed against any establishment of the law e.g. failure to pay tax to the appropriate authority.

Also, Local Acts involve those crimes that cannot be enforced outside the shores of Nigeria.

For Lagos State, NBS reported 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.

The NBS report showed that Katsina state had the lowest crime rate in the country with 0.10 per cent and 120 cases recorded.

Abia State followed closely with a crime rate of  0.29 per cent and 364 cases while Zamfara had 0.38 percent and 483 cases registered.








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