No, Kogi State Does Not Have Highest Number of Missing Persons as Claimed by Dino Melaye

No, Kogi State Does Not Have Highest Number of Missing Persons as Claimed by Dino Melaye

  Claim: Dino Melaye Claimed Kogi State has the highest number of missing persons in Nigeria   Verdict: Not True     Background:   The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the November 11th, Kogi state off-cycle governorship elections, Senator Dino Melaye, recently made a claim that Kogi state has the highest number of

 
Claim: Dino Melaye Claimed Kogi State has the highest number of missing persons in Nigeria
 
Verdict: Not True
 

 
Background:
 
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the November 11th, Kogi state off-cycle governorship elections, Senator Dino Melaye, recently made a claim that Kogi state has the highest number of missing persons in Nigeria.

 
Speaking in an interview on Channels Television ahead of the gubernatorial election, Senator Melaye, while addressing the rising spate of insecurity in Kogi State, blamed the challenge of insecurity and kidnapping cases in the state on the ruling party.

 
In the interview, the PDP governorship candidate said Kogi has the highest rate of missing persons in the country.    However, Senator Melaye did not state the source of his claims. “As I speak with you, the level of violence invoked in Kogi State is something that has never been seen in the history of our country. Today, Kogi has the highest number of missing persons in the Federal Republic of Nigeria; many people are missing, including the chairman of Okene Local Government”.

 
NDR subjected the claim made by Dino Melaye to a verification process for its veracity.

 
Verification
 
To verify the claim made by Senator Melaye, NDR conducted a keyword search on the claim that the state has the highest number of missing people in Nigeria.

 
According to the annual 2022 report from EnoughisEnough Nigeria (EiE) a public accountability, non-governmental organization that monitors and documents data on missing persons in Nigeria, 103 people were reported missing between January and June of 2022, while 38 were reported found and 5 persons found dead.

 
The report further indicated that out of 103 people reported missing, Kaduna has the highest number with 27 persons, while the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recorded 15 missing persons, followed by Lagos with 14 persons, and Kogi State came in fourth with 8 persons.

 
The same report gave documentation of missing persons between July and September of 2022, indicating that Kaduna still tops the list of states with the highest number of missing persons with 13 persons, while FCT is still positioned second for Q3 of 2022 with 11 missing persons. The report also ranked   Imo and Plateau states third among states with the highest number of missing persons, with five recorded. Bauchi is the next on the rank with 3 missing persons, while Anambra had two persons reported missing, while states like Lagos, Kogi and Delta recorded on person each.

 

 

 
An analysis by Dataphyte to explain the number of kidnapped persons in Nigeria also revealed that between June 2022 and July 2023, Kaduna, Zamfara, and Niger States recorded the highest number of reported kidnapping incidents.

 
The data, however, ranked Kogi state as 7th state with the highest number of kidnapped cases in the country.

Conclusion

 
After subjecting Senator Dino Melaye’s claim that Kogi state has the highest number of missing persons to available data on missing persons in Nigeria, evidence shows that Kogi state does not have the highest number of missing persons; instead, Kaduna is rated as the state with the highest number of missing people in the country.

 

Therefore, the claim is Not True.

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