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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has reported that Kebbi State recorded the lowest rate of reported crimes with 2,915 cases, representing two per cent of total cases nationwide in 2017.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in the year under review, the total number of reported crimes rose to 134,663.

The NBS made this known in its report titled: Crime Statistics: Reported Offences By Type And State for 2017, posted on its website.

It added that Kogi and Bauchi states followed Kebbi closely with 282[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip](0.20 per cent) and 386[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip](0.30 per cent) cases respectively.

A breakdown of the 205 cases reported in Kebbi showed that 88 of them were committed against persons, while 106 were against property and 11 against lawful authority.

The report showed that 146 cases were committed against persons in Kogi,[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]111 against property and 25 against lawful authority, while 196 cases were reported against persons in Bauchi,[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]186 against property and four against lawful authority.

It noted that offences like murder, manslaughter, infanticide, birth concealment, rape and other physical abuse were committed against persons.

The report showed that stealing, receiving stolen items, obtaining property by false pretence, robbery, burglary and house breaking were committed against property and their owners.

There were also offences against lawful authority such as failure to pay tax to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), which the NBS noted, amounted to offence against lawful authority in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the report showed that Lagos State had the highest rate of reported crimes with 50,975 cases or 37.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]9 per cent of cases reported.

Abia and Delta states followed with 12,408[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip](9.2 per cent) and 7,150[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip](5.3 per cent) cases recorded respectively.

The breakdown, however, showed that Lagos recorded 18,926 cases against persons,[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]24,986 against property and 7,060 against lawful authority.

It further showed that Abia recorded 9,[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]816 reported cases against persons,[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]2,320 against property and 2,320 against lawful authority, while 3,310 cases were reported against persons in Delta;[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]3,109 against property and 731 against lawful authority.

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