‘1,071 were killed and 685 people were kidnapped in first quarter of 2019’ – Police IG


Police acting Inspector-General, Mohammed Adamu, has revealed that 1,071 persons were killed in crime-related cases across the country. This number is attached to just the first quarter of 2019.

Adamu made this known while speaking during the quarterly Northern Traditional Rulers’ Council meeting held on Tuesday in Kaduna.

According to him, the crime statistics revealed that between January and April, not less than 685 persons were kidnapped in different states in the country.

He continued saying  767 were killed in the North adding that the North-West topped the death list with 436 while North-Central had 250, and South-South geopolitical zone recorded 130 deaths.

Zamfara State according to the IG recorded 203 murder cases with Kaduna State following closely with 112 reported cases and Benue recording 90 cases of people killed.

Adamu further revealed that most of the people killed in the north lost their lives due to banditry and communal violence.  With just banditry, the IG stated that 175 deaths were reported between January and April this year with Zamfara State topping the list with 104 reported cases, followed by Katsina State with 21 killed by bandits and Sokoto State with 19 cases.

On kidnappings, Adamu revealed that 546 or 79.8 per cent cases of kidnap were recorded in the three northern geopolitical zones.

“This is followed by the North-Central geopolitical zone where 145 persons were kidnapped. It is pertinent to mention that Zamfara State has the highest national kidnap rate with 281 victims in what has been directly linked to the activities of bandits in the state. This is followed by Kogi and Niger states where 65 and 51 persons, respecrively were kidnapped within the period,” the IG added.

On armed robbery,

“The North-Central geopolitical zone with a total of 81 armed robbery cases represents the zone with the highest rate while Niger State, the FCT and Zamfara State with 32, 23 and 18 cases, respectively occupy the three topmost states in the national armed robbery profile,” he said.  Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad (111), said the monarchs in the North should not be blamed for the sundry cases of kidnapping, banditry and armed robbery.


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