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Lekki, Oshodi, Apapa Top Crime Spots In Lagos – Report

The Lagos State Justice Reform Summit on Tuesday unveiled critical crime statistics and comprehensive reform plans aimed at overhauling the state’s criminal justice system.

Justice Rahman Oshodi of the Lagos High Court presented the data and outlined the proposed changes, at a two-day Justice Reform Summit held by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice in Ikeja.

According to the Lagos State Criminal Information System, Lekki, Oshodi/Isolo, and Apapa areas currently have the highest crime rates in Lagos.

Justice Oshodi disclosed that between 2018 and 2024, a total of 62,117 inmates were enrolled in LCIS, with Lekki accounting for 13 per cent of reported cases.

He said that Oshodi/Isolo, Apapa, and Ojo each followed with 10 per cent, while Alimosho represented nine per cent, Agege and Ikeja eight per cent each, Mushin six per cent, Lagos Island five per cent, and Yaba four per cent. 

Epe, Ajeromi, and Victoria Island ranked lowest at two percent each, with Ikoyi slightly higher at three percent.

The statistics also highlighted the state of origin of defendants, revealing that Ogun, Oyo, and Lagos indigenes topped the list of crime suspects.

Justice Oshodi in his presentation stated that Ogun State leads with 17 per cent of total crimes in Lagos, amounting to 5,294 cases. 

Oyo State follows with 13 per cent (4,090 cases), and Lagos State ranks third with 11 per cent (3,295 cases).

He also stated that states like Kano, Ekiti, Ebonyi, and Abia were the lowest contributors in this category.

According to Justice Oshodi, stealing-related offences dominated the criminal court records, with 21,084 cases representing 44 per cent.

This was followed by breaches of peace with 7,044 cases (15 per cent), armed robbery at 10 per cent (4,518 cases), and sexual crimes being the least at five percent with 2,231 cases.

Justice Oshodi’s presentation was part of a broader discussion on criminal justice reforms in Lagos.

Oshodi highlighted recommendations which include: “Strengthening collaboration and data sharing among criminal justice agencies through regular inter-agency meetings, joint training programs, and integrated data management systems.

“Expanding the use of technology across the criminal justice system, including extending LCIS, BIMS, and OBS coverage, and increasing electronic case filing and management systems adoption.

“Enhancing capacity building and training for criminal justice professionals, including law enforcement, the judiciary, corrections, and community service.

“Promoting public awareness and engagement in criminal justice reforms through community forums, media campaigns, and educational initiatives.

“Institutionalising the Bondsmen Scheme to enhance the bail process’s efficiency and effectiveness, with clear guidelines, standards, and oversight mechanisms.

“Our justice professionals must be equipped with the latest skills and knowledge to uphold justice effectively,” said Oshodi.

“Building additional custodial centers to address overcrowding and improve inmate living conditions, leveraging the success of the Correctional Centre for Boys.

“These reforms have immense potential benefits, and I am confident we can achieve them holistically and collaboratively,” he said.

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