Lagosians Rate Fashola High On Crime Control

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Lagosians have expressed satisfaction with the crime control efforts of the Babatunde Fashola administration.

In a national survey conducted by the CLEEN Foundation on national crime victimisation between February and May 2010, majority of Lagosians expressed satisfaction with the crime control measures adopted by the state government.

The survey conducted in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital with support from the MacArthur Foundation, revealed that more than 65 percent of Lagosians expressed satisfaction with the measures put in place to control crime.

The state was closely followed by Katsina and Anambra states where residents also expressed satisfaction with the crime control efforts of their state governments.

Taraba, Ogun and Abia came last as states where majority of residents expressed dissatisfaction with the crime control measures of their governments.

In Ogun, only 12 percent of residents expressed satisfaction with the crime control efforts of the state government while 13 and six percent of respondents supported the crime control measures in Taraba and Abia states, respectively.

In the other surveys carried out by the organisation, Ebonyi state ranked highest among the 36 states where government officials demanded for bribe before carrying out their duties. Seventy percent of officials of the Ebonyi State government demanded for bribe before performing their official functions.

It was closely followed by Edo, Ondo, Bayelsa, Kebbi, Enugu and Gombe states. In Edo and Ondo states, the survey revealed that 59 percent of government officials demanded for bribe before carrying out their duties. Bribe taking government officials in Bayelsa and Kebbi states also tied at 48 percent.

In crime control, the survey revealed that more Nigerians believed the police are doing a ” good job.” Thirty eight percent of respondents in the survey said the police are doing a “good job” while six percent said they are doing a ”very good job”. Twenty-six percent of respondents condemned their performance, saying they are doing a ”poor job” while eight percent rated them as doing a ”very poor job.”

The survey also identified Cross River, Benue, Kwara, EdoAkwa-Ibom and Bayelsa as states with high incidence of robbery. More than 25 percent of the respondents in Cross River state confirmed that robbery was high in the state while more than 23 percent of respondents in Benue confirmed a high incidence of robbery in the state.

The data was interpreted by Professor Etannibi Alemika, Professor of Criminology and Sciology of Law at the University of Jos and was presented to the public by the Executive Director of KLEEN, Innocent Chukwuma.

—Ayoyinka Babade/Areo Oluwatosin

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