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The scourge of kidnappers in Northern Nigeria

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The Crime of kidnapping in Northern Nigeria has become rampant, as the perpetrators of this crime are now gaining more grounds and many a time carrying out their malign operations successfully by extorting huge sums of ransom from affected families. More so, these kidnappers go to the extreme of killing their victims, especially when ransom is not forthcoming or when an abduction involves a scheme of conspiracy.

These incidents of kidnapping have made the ordinary northerner insecure and trembling for fear of being caught by the kidnappers’ net. These people use the guise of public transport workers and security personnel. They use arms to intercept moving vehicles or abduct targeted persons directly from their homes or neighbourhoods.

The abduction of the over 270 Chibok girls in 2014 can be said to be the highlight of kidnapping incidents in northern Nigeria. Since the Chibok girls situation which sparked a global outcry, there have been series of kidnappings which bereaved the North of ordinary and prominent citizens.

One of which shook the Kadara people of the Southern parts of Kaduna is the kidnapping and eventual killing of their chieftain, Agom Adara, Dr. Maiwada Galadima. This bitter event happened last year.

Speaking of recent events, a British high commissioner, Faye Mooney and her business partner were killed at a resort in Kajuru, and 3 staff members of the resort were kidnapped.

More so, the media is awash with reports of kidnappings, as well as killings, in states like Kano and Zamfara, with the latter blowing hot with incidents of kidnappings and gruesome killings of people by armed bandits. This kidnappers target especially rural areas and major roads such as the Kaduna-Abuja express road and Birnin-Gwari road. Matter of fact, it was one time reported, as at last year, that over a 100 people were kidnapped along the Kaduna-BirninGwari road.

However, as the northerners tremble in fear of the menacing hand of kidnappings and killings, they are holding on to the pledge of security the Buhari administration proclaimed in its campaigns.

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