No fewer than 1,570 Nigerians were abducted between January and November 2020 in 366 reported cases, the Daily Trust investigation reveals.
The kidnappers collected more than Naira 311 million in ransom payment for their victims’ families during this period, although they demanded more than Naira 6.9 billion from their victims. The money paid did not include the millions of naira paid by some families who chose to remain silent because of threats or simply to have peace.
Daily Trust reports that there has been an increase in kidnappings in Nigeria with 41 cases reported in November.
The trend has spread to some tertiary institutions in Kaduna state, while the Federal Capital Territory was also not spared with 31 cases reported in 11 months.
Major arteries, including the Abuja-Kaduna and Abuja-Lokoja highways, have become hotspots for hijackers, raising fears among travelers. The young and the old have been victims.
From the seven-year-old kidnapped in Katsina for whom N3m’s ransom was demanded, to the 60-year-old Zainab Musa kidnapped in the state of Niger, many Nigerians live in fear of the unknown.
Security officers were also kidnapped during the period under review. Among the victims were 12 Deputy Superintendents of Police (ASP) arrested in November, 10 officials from the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and four officers from the Nigerian Civil Defense and Security Corps (NSCDC) who were also abducted in September and February, respectively. An officer from the Department of State Security (DSS) was also kidnapped in September.
Daily Trust recalled that the Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs of Nigeria (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), governors of the North East, the Afenifere of the Southwest, among other groups and individuals, have expressed their displeasure at the deterioration of the security situation in the North and the country in general.
Source: – Daily Trust