With the rise in kidnapping and other violent crimes in the capital city Abuja, residents are beginning to question the safety status of the city.
Recently Mohammed Adamu who is the National police chief made a statement where he stated that the federal capital city has one of the lowest crime rate in the world.
This came amidst the rise in kidnapping around the Abuja area and along the Abuja Kaduna road which has caused commuters and residents alike to express their fears and concerns with the situation and lack of police action to stem the issue at its roots at least before it becomes wide spread.
Other expert data analysis paint a different picture — at least in the last two or three years.
It is also vital to note that many crimes in Nigeria go unreported or undocumented by the police at least and this could be down to several factors, not least the mistrust of the police, lack of recourse meted out to guilty persons and the common lack of police presence in the communities.
A report from the IPSA, expert group ranks Nigeria not the safest and not worst but somewhere on the lower scale. The available data
Now, let’s look at the available data, starting with the recorded murder rate in Abuja compared with other major cities around the world.
The home of the Nigerian Government and home to foreign diplomats, embassies and businesses. Due to the ever increasing levels of instability around the rest of the country, It is not a misstep to imagine that crime and violence will sometimes spill over into the capital.
This was further echoed by Nnamdi Obasi of the international crisis group said
The city, once considered an island of safety amidst the surge of incidents elsewhere, now appears increasingly vulnerable, The influx of people displaced by rural poverty, armed conflicts and violent crime in many parts of the country is continually swelling the population of the city’s unemployed youth, with many susceptible to criminal life.