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464,000 people killed in homicides in 2017—UNODC

The study showed that in Nigeria, official statistics were hard to come by, adding that in 2014 the World Health Organisation reported the homicide rate in Nigeria at 5.4 per 100,000 inhabitants.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says at least 464,000 people across the world were killed in homicides in 2017.

Communications Officer, UNODC Nigeria, Mr Sylvester Atere, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to him, the number of people killed in homicides had surpassed by far the 89,000 killed in armed conflicts in the same period.

He said that the aforementioned figures were contained in the Global Study on Homicide 2019 published on July 8 by UNODC.

Atere quoted UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, as saying: “the Global Study on Homicide seeks to shed light on gender-related killings, lethal gang violence and other challenges, also to support prevention and interventions to bring down homicide rates.

“Countries have committed to targets under the Sustainable Development Goals in order to reduce all forms of violence and related death rates by 2030.

“This report offers important examples of effective community-based interventions that have helped to bring about improvements in areas afflicted by violence, gangs and organised crime.

“The study shows that the overall number of people who suffered a violent death as a result of homicide increased in the past quarter of a century, from 395,542 in 1992 to 464,000 in 2017.

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