14th September, 2010
A recent national crime and safety survey conducted by CLEEN Foundation with support fromÂ Macarthur Foundation has revealed that Cross-River , Ebonyi and Bayelsa states rank firstÂ among the 36 states of the federation in terms of robbery, rape and murder.
According to the survey which was conducted between February and May this year, robbery wasÂ reported by respondents to be highest in Cross River, Benue and Kwara State and lowest inÂ Katsina, Lagos an Ogun State while the average rate of robbery in Nigeria is put at 11.1 perÂ cent.
The survey also showed that rape of the female was highest in Ebonyi, Bayelsa and BenueÂ State but completely non-existent in Zamfara, Ondo, Katsina, Jigawa and Imo state. Anambra,Â Ogun and Abia states had the lowest rape cases within the period of the survey.
About 3.5 per cent of Nigerians (the highest) reported the murder of a member of theirÂ households in Bayelsa, Ebonyi and Benue states and the lowest record in Katsina, Lagos andÂ Osun states.
The survey findings also showed that an average of 16.9 per cent of Nigerians had reportedÂ domestic violence, with the highest record in Kwara, Gombe and Yobe states and the lowestÂ records from Katsina, Ekiti and Jigawa states.
Statistics from the survey showed that Abia, Imo and Ebonyi states recorded theÂ highestÂ rate of kidnapping in the country while states like Lagos, Katsina and Borno recorded theÂ least.
The total sample size for the survey was 10,228 comprising 50 per cent male and 50 per centÂ female of 18 years and above.
The methodology used in the data collection was in-home, face to face personal interviews,Â using a stratified multi-stage random selection procedure in order to achieve a nationalÂ representative sample.
â€“ Henry Ojelu