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“Over 14,000 people have died in violent crimes in 2018?

I am worried about Channels. As someone who regards himself as a friend of the house in its early days, I am concerned. There seems to be a tendency towards laxity on a few fronts there, these days.

Three days ago, Channels ran this special report in the ‘News’ on national security. It started with this bold claim that over 14,000 people have died in violent crimes in 2018.

I was in shock, taken aback by the claim. 14,000? Even as I know we have unfortunately lost many of our compatriots to violence this year, I did not think it was that high.

I wondered how Channels came about such statistics. Soon, it cited its source – Nigeria Watch Organisation. Never heard of it. I made a mental note to check it out, even while I found myself doubting the claim and asking why Channels will rely on such an unfamiliar source. Perhaps, it is a specialist agency with focus on conflict study.

So, I check it up. Finally found a ‘Nigeria Watch’ which claims to be a research project which “monitors lethal violence, conflicts, and human security in Nigeria. It began in July 2006 and is now based on the campus of the University of Ibadan with the support of the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nigeria) since July 2013.”

Found ‘Nigeria Watch’. What about the claim? I am yet to see anything on that platform in support of the claim that Over 14,000 people have died in violent crimes in 2018.

Rather, I found a graph (here attached) which “shows the recorded number of public violence deaths in Nigeria since June 2006.”

This graph puts the figure for 2018 at 4244, even as we do not know how recent that is. But 14,000?

I just might be wrong. Where did Channels come about this figure? Perhaps it is somewhere there or from another “Nigeria Watch Organisation”.

I am worried.

I do not know what is going on here.

Lest someone comes with a red herring, EVERY life matters.

This is not about a body count for comparative political analysis.

Facts ought to matter.” Simbo Olorunfemi

My view:

This is one major source of our national challenges. Deliberate mischief/false reportage.

Some may celebrate such, but those who knows the danger it portends, will be cautious and warn before we cause more harms.

May Nigeria Succeed…

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