The Menace Of Kidnapping In Nigeria

Kidnapping has been a significant problem in Nigeria for many years. Kidnappers in Nigeria often demand large ransoms for the release of their victims, and there have been numerous instances where victims have been killed even after ransoms have been paid which is so unfortunate.

The Menace Of Kidnapping In Nigeria

by Aisha Lawal Ahmad

Kidnapping is a crime that affects people from all walks of life, including wealthy business people, expatriates, and ordinary citizens. 

Kidnapping has been a significant problem in Nigeria for many years. Kidnappers in Nigeria often demand large ransoms for the release of their victims, and there have been numerous instances where victims have been killed even after ransoms have been paid which is so unfortunate. They make use of SMS cards that are not fully registered which will hinder the security from knowing where the call or message comes from.

This will link us to the case of abductees that happened in the Kaduna to Abuja train where people were maltreated to the extent that some need urgent medication but that was not given to them and some died as the result of the incident that happened.

In some cases, kidnapping is carried out for political or ideological reasons. For example, the case of Haneefa that got abducted by their school principal, there was no specific reason that was given on why he kidnapped the girl.

Some repentant kidnappers when sharing their life on how they find themselves into this act, their answer is as result of unemployment, illiteracy, poverty, etc.

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The Nigerian government has taken a number of steps to address the problem of kidnapping, including increasing funding for law enforcement agencies and passing legislation that imposes tougher penalties on kidnappers. However, the problem persists and it is important for individuals in Nigeria to be aware of the risks and take steps to protect themselves.

From the side of individuals, people should be cautious on people they interact with especially strangers and if there is any sign, the security personnel should be your first contact through the emergency code.

While the government should create job opportunities for its citizens, increase the number of security personnel and also the force should work hand in hand with respective dignitaries in the country, since most of their hideouts are in the forest, the government should provide effective border control in all the country, and having linked the NIN with SMS cards, it will help in tracking the owner of that particular sim.

Lastly, the government and the citizens should work hand in hand in keeping the society safe for the sake of having the peace and unity in our country Nigeria.