The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in a recent report stated that the Federal Capital Territory and Lagos had the highest level of crime rates in 2016. The information was posted on the bureau’s website.
The bureau also reported that Katsina and Abia had the lowest percentage of crimes reported in 2016. The cases were in different categories such as offence against persons, offense against property, offence against lawful authority and offence against local Acts.
The report stated that offence against persons were instances such as murder, manslaughter, infanticide, concealment of birth, rape and other physical abuse. Abuja was reported to have experienced over 2,984 cases of offence against persons while Lagos recorded 15,426.
In the case of offences against property, they involved stealing of any properties, receiving stolen properties, obtaining property by false pretense, robbery, burglary and house breaking.Abuja recorded a total of 9,350 and Lagos recorded 22,885 cases of offence against property.
Offences against lawful authority are offences committed against any law establishment. 843 cases of offences against lawful authority were recorded in Abuja while Lagos had 6,768 cases.
The last category which is offence against local acts are those laws that cannot be enforced outside Nigeria such as firearm acts. Abuja recorded only four cases and Lagos recorded 306 cases.
The Bureau further stated that a total of 125,790 cases were reported from the 36 states in 2016.