Murder more prevalent in Jonathan's Bayelsa

President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa State at a public function

A recent survey conducted by CLEEN Foundation, a Nigerian NGO concerned with crime and justice, shows that Bayelsa State, the president’s home state, has the highest number of murder cases reported in 2010.

Bayelsa tops the list of murder cases with 17.8 percent, followed by Ebonyi and Benue states with 16.3 and 12.9 percent respectively. Katsina, Lagos and Osun states have the lowest records of reports with 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4 percent.

The survey was conducted in the 36 states of the country and the FCT between February and May, 2010. About 10,228 people over the age of 18 were interviewed.

Other categories of crimes sampled include fear of becoming a victim of crime, actual experience of crime, theft, assault, kidnapping, rape, robbery, and domestic violence. Misdemeanors such as road user behaviours, demand for bribes, and corruption were also analysed.

Crimes differ according to regions

An average of 86.6 percent of Nigerians, according to the survey, experience fear of becoming victims to a crime with residents of Gombe, Abuja and Plateau topping the list while, Ogun, Anambra and Cross River states rank the least.

Ebonyi, Imo and Abia recorded the highest case of kidnapping in Nigeria with states like Lagos, Katsina and Borno recording the least. None of the respondents from Adamawa, Cross River, Kebbi, Niger, Ogun, Oyo and Zamfara reported ever experiencing kidnapping.

Ebonyi also had the highest rape of female respondents followed by Bayelsa and Benue. Zamfara, Ondo, Lagos, Katsina, Jigawa, and Imo reported 0 percent rape.

The survey indicates that robbery is more rampant in Cross River, Benue and Kwara states with Katsina experiencing the lowest robbery rate.

Kwara, Yobe and Gombe top the list of states with high rates of domestic violence.

Shying away from the police

Other indices such as the rate of reporting crime to the police and the force’s performance in crime control show that as much as 78 per cent of the people who have experienced one form of crime or the other did not report the incidents to the police.

On the other hand, 38 percent of the respondents gave the police a pass mark in crime control regardless of whether they had experienced crime or used the services of the police.

A top official of the CLEEN Foundation told Premium Times that since the release of the report of the survey to the public, his organization reached out to most of the states concerned, but only Ekiti had so far responded.

“We have written to most of the states and other stakeholders, but perhaps due to the bureaucratic nature of the civil service, most of them are yet to respond.” he said.

The full reported can be downloaded here.


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