Abuja crime: Is Nigeria’s capital city ‘one of the safest in the world’?

Nigeria's police chief said: "Abuja remains indisputably one of the safest capital cities in the world." Reality Check says Nigerian crime statistics are described by the UN as "patchy and divergent" with many crimes going unreported. However, even its own statistics show Abuja is not among the world's safest cities.

A recent spate of kidnappings and violent crimes has shaken Nigeria’s capital Abuja, regarded as a relatively safe haven in a country facing major security challenges.

The national police chief, Mohammed Adamu, has sought to allay concerns by saying that Abuja actually has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.

Is he right?

Before we start looking at the numbers, it’s important to consider the reliability of Nigeria’s crime statistics.

Experts don’t rate them highly – a recent United Nations report analysing homicide statistics describe existing Nigerian data as “patchy and divergent”.