Kidnapping, banditry escalate amid weak security response

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Nigerians appear more gloomy over the inability of the security agencies to curtail the increasing criminality characterised by kidnapping, armed robbery and banditry, especially in the northern parts of the country.

The Abuja-Kaduna Expressway and the surrounding bushes along the road are dreaded zones of armed banditry as many motorists have abandoned the road and have taken to rail travel despite the much advertised, “Operation Puff Adder” launched by the police to tame the scourge.

Some of those who had been kidnapped but released after payment of huge ransom tell stories of the level of sophistication of the kidnappers. According to reports, some victims paid as high as N10 million to gain their freedom.

The story of their ordeals in the hands of the abductors is usually laden with anguish and fear. In the last few days, Nigerians have been inundated with such sad stories, which only increased the apprehension level and anger against the government for failing in its core responsibility of protecting lives and properties.

On Monday April 29, 2019, the bandits unleashed mayhem on motorists, and abducted many people who were said to have paid huge sums of money later as ransom fee to gain their freedom. The ugly development went unabated as security agencies, especially the police anti-terrorism and anti-kidnapping joint squad appeared unfit and unprepared to face the hoodlums.

In yet another dreadful attack, kidnappers on that Monday abducted Muhammed Mahmood, board chairman of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), along the Kaduna-Abuja Highway. Mahmood was abducted alongside his daughter while travelling from Kaduna to Abuja Monday afternoon.

They were kidnapped around Katari, a village few kilometres from Zuba, an Abuja suburb.

Again, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 kidnappers stormed the residence of Musa Umar, the district head of Daura, the … Read More...