Crime-riddled Nigeria nervous as festive season sets in

LAGOS, (CAJ News) – NIGERIAN citizens have been encouraged to be security conscious and complement the government in addressing crimes and traffic accidents peaking during the festive seasons.
The country is wary of the onset of the “Ember Months” which start from September to December.
Research firm, NOIPOlls stated this period was usually filled with various social activities such as, weddings, birthday parties, freedom parties, even burials, remembrances, Eid and Christmas celebrations as well as general merry making.
These were causing a high market rush for traders and business men and women.
However, NOIPOlls stated, this period has also been ascribed with all manner of occurrences and characterized with different social vices like armed robbery, kidnap, carjacking, ritual killings, molestations, oppression and suppression, drunkenness, allegations, accidents and reckless driving.
Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), in a report, revealed that 550 persons died and 3 184 others were injured in 903 road traffic accidents across the country in December 2016.
The report revealed a 16 percent increase in the number of road traffic crashes and 45 percent and 36 percent increases in the number of people killed and persons injured respectively when compared to November 2016.
In terms of crime, a study by Bulwark Intelligence covering August 2016 to March 2017 revealed an increase in crime such as armed robbery, kidnapping, armed attacks and bank robberies in Nigeria.
The data showed a correlation between crime and festive seasons in which crime increases a month prior to holidays, hence a spike in August prior to the Eid holiday in September 2016 and a spike in November prior to the Christmas holiday in December 2016.
NOIPolls said although the police and other security agencies continued deploying measures to combat crime and protect the lives and properties of Nigerians, tackling security challenges within this period requires deliberate efforts from all stakeholders.
“An ‘all hands on deck’ approach is necessary in fighting crime,” NOIPolls stated.
“This means citizens in all communities must be careful and report any suspicious or unusual activities, as everyone is primarily responsible for their personal security.”
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country with 190 million people and the continent’s biggest economy, is beset by rampant crime.
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