A new report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes has estimated that about 64,000 Nigerians are murdered annually in the country with the homicide rate highest in the North-East at 79 and North-Central at 65 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The security challenges caused by bandits, herdsmen and Boko haram insurgence makes the numbers higher in the North.
The body stated that the South-West had the lowest homicide rate at 4.4 victims per 100,000 persons.
The agency in its Global Study on Homicide 2019, published on Monday, listed drivers of homicide to include inequality, unemployment, political instability, prevalence of gender stereotypes in the society and organised crime.
The study explained that the figure on the homicides in Nigeria was based on a survey conducted in partnership with the National Bureau of Statistics of Nigeria in 2016, covering more than 33,000 households in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.