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The Increasing Wave Of Kidnappings

Posted: Sep 23, 2015 at 12:13 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

It is unfortunate that as the Boko Haram insurgency is wreaking havoc in the North East of Nigeria, there seems to be an upsurge of kidnappings in the South. Just this week, former Secretary to Government of the Federation and a onetime Presidential Candidate on the joint platform of Alliance Fro Democracy (AD) and All Peoples Party (APP), Chief Olu Falae, was kidnapped on his farm in Ilado, Akure, the capital of Ondo State.

There has also been a barrage of other embarrassing kidnap cases in recent times, which if not nipped in the bud, would transform into a monster. Donu Kogbara, a columnist with the Vanguard Newspapers, Toyin Nwosu, wife of Steve Nwosu, Deputy Managing Director of the Sun newspapers and Mr. Chike Gbendu, a lecturer with the Delta State Polytechnic have been reportedly kidnapped by unknown gunmen recently. Also worthy of note is the abduction of the Anglican Bishop of Gwagwalada Diocese, Rt. Rev. Moses Tabuwaye on his way to a Church Programme at Awka in Anambra State. These and many other cases of abductions in not too distant past threaten the fragile peace and security in the country if nothing urgent is done by the government to address the scourge.

It is saddening that while the current administration is winning the war against terrorists in the Northeast of Nigeria, kidnapping is gradually becoming another monster that the Nation needs to contend with. There are indeed palpable fears among Nigerians that if not controlled it may have negative consequences on the socio-economic development of the country.

More worrisome is the fact that foreign missions in the country have continued to send security alert to their nationals, resident in the country and those intending to visit, of the security problem in Nigeria. This has consequently affected foreign investment inflow in the country.

No doubt the spate of kidnappings witnessed in the system is borne out of frustration and anger occasioned by the downturn in the economy which has resulted in multitude of ordinary Nigerians, especially youths, without jobs and any meaningful means of livelihood

That both prominent and ordinary Nigerians as well as foreigners have continued to be abducted without stress underscores the fact that the security apparatus in the country needs to be stepped up. The present method of policing in the country seems to be ineffective as crime continues to grow. Perhaps part of the move to tackle the security problem in the country is to take steps to check the proliferation of arms that have continued to fall into the hands of criminals.

But beyond this the government of President Muhammadu Buhari must create an enabling environment for the economy to grow and provide employment for teeming Nigerians who are bitter for lack of any means of livelihood.

Evidently, the current situation portends grave danger for the country. Indeed for any Nigerian to be kidnapped so cheaply in any part of the country is disgraceful and embarrassing. That is why the government at all levels must come up with measures that would deal decisively with this growing monster.