As the year 2019 comes to an end in days, it goes down as a year of immense security issues for the country. Being an election year, it witnessed crime of all kinds at an increased level such as kidnapping for ransom, armed robbery, politically motivated murders, bloody conflicts and clashes, herdsmen and farmers’ crisis as well as Boko Haram killings, amongst others.
In the first quarter of the year, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, disclosed that 1,071 persons lost their lives in crime-related cases across the country. Confirming that kidnapping for ransom was alarming this year, Adamu said that between January and April, at least 685 persons were kidnapped across the country. He said the figure was higher as some people who were kidnapped or had their loved ones kidnapped did not contact or report to the police, preferring to deal with the kidnappers themselves.
According to statistics obtained from the Nigerian Police, Zamfara State recorded a lot of killings during the year, topping the national prevalence rate while Kaduna State followed very closely. In February, over the course of two days, about 150 people were murdered in Kajuru Local Government Area (LGA), hours before the general election. Benue State followed Kaduna with the highest number of killings and, according to the police, most of the murder cases recorded in the North were linked to banditry and communal violence.