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02 March 2018

Nigeria road crashes – cause for concern

Nigeria’s dangerous roads remain a cause for concern. In the three month period to December 2017, there were 2,489 reported road crashes in Nigeria. These crashes accounted for 1,306 deaths and 7,349 injuries, according to data collated by Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). Of those killed, 106 were children and 1,200 were adults. Excessive speed was cited as a primary cause of 45.1% of the crashes. Other major factors in crashes were loss of control and dangerous driving. No estimates for the numbers of unreported crashes, injuries and road deaths have been given however. It is of note that in Nigeria’s more rural areas in particular, road crashes are not always reported to the police.

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