The year 2017 was one year with a lot of criminal cases around the world. Nigeria is no different. Several criminal cases Nigeria witnessed were reported in the newspapers throughout the year. Though no statistics have been given for the year, the numbers for the previous year is alarming. According to the National Bureau of statistics, in the year 2016, a total of 125,790 cases were reported to the police. The offences against property have the highest number of cases reported with 65,397. Offence against persons recorded 45,554 cases reported while offence against lawful authority and local acts recorded the least with 12,144 and 2,695 cases recorded respectively.
Lagos State had the highest percentage share of total cases reported with 36.08% and 45,385 cases recorded. FCT Abuja and Delta State followed with 10.48% and 13,181 and 6.25% and 7,867 cases recorded respectively. Katsina State had the lowest percentage share of total cases reported with 0.10% and 120 cases recorded. Abia and Zamfara States followed with 0.29% and 364 and 0.38% and 483 cases recorded respectively.
As we await the official statistics for 2017, here are 10 criminal cases Nigeria saw this year that really shook the country.
1. Turkish school Kidnapping
On January 13, some gunmen invaded the Nigerian Turkish International School (NTIS), Isheri Ogun State, abducting five students and three teachers. The kidnappers demanded a N100 million as ransom to secure the release of the victims. However, after days of investigation, the students and teachers were released.
For people — Philip Kakadu, aka General Kakadu; Romeo Council, aka Raw; Bekewei Agbojule, aka “Prince Yellow” and Totki Okoda were eventually arrested in connection with the kidnapping. A sum of N1.2 million, believed to be part of the ransom they collected was also recovered from the suspected kidnappers.
2. The Imo State Vampire
In March, the remains of a notorious armed robber/serial killer who is blamed for killing more than 200 people since he began operation and was declared wanted in year 2013 was paraded. The 200 victims of Henry Chibueze, also known as Vampire include his girlfriend and eight of her family members.