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Has Kidnapping Become Normal In Nigeria?

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ElevateNews takes a look at the menace of kidnapping and the failure of the government to curb it.

Those whose families have been kidnapped and have to pay ransom sob in private homes. Some have lost their loved ones to these bandits because they failed to pay the ransom.

To the Federal Government, kidnapping happens only when the son or daughter of a notable figure is abducted. As a matter of fact, Miss Leah Sharibu is still in the custody of Boko Haram who abducted her for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.

Leah’s parents are unpopular and poor, perhaps they would have sponsored stories in the national newspapers, online journals and electronic media to save their daughter.

The various human rights bodies who stood for this young teenager are looking tired now. Some are scared that they might be arrested if they make too much noise.

The citizens have been coerced to keep quiet by the Department of State Service, DSS. No one criticizes the government and goes scotfree. Lawyers are also being careful because critics are now seeing as enemies of the government.

Those who have good ideas to sell but have criticized the government sometime, the ruling party prefers that the idea die with them either in DSS cell or their homes. Many Nigerians have resorted to keeping mute.

Many do not even want to approach police station or court to seek redress so as not to become the offenders themselves. Kidnappers rule the roads and the jungle. For months, Mrs. Beauty Siasia, the mother of the former Super Eagles player and coach, Samson Siasia was abducted by gunmen in Bayelsa State.

The abductors would not release the 80-year-old grandmother until last weekend. She said she would like his abductors jailed. It was the second time they had abducted her but in this last time, Siasia had no enough money to redeem the ransom.

The coach was banned by FIFA a few months ago over the match-fixing allegation and had to save his career and his mother’s freedom at the same time. Along Kaduna-Abuja Road and between September 11 and 18, about 19 persons were kidnapped, according to Senator Dino Melaye. On Septemeber 24 another 18 were kidnapped while eight persons were killed.

On Thursday, one Chief George Agbabou Week, the father of the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Doodei Week was kidnapped.

The gunmen stormed his home at Ayama-Ijaw in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the State, kidnapped and drove him to an unknown destination.

It took the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari for Service Chiefs to honour the invitation of the House of Representatives last week.

The house had invited them over the spate of insecurity in the country but the service chiefs shunned the lawmakers until the Speaker of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila threatened to report them to President Buhari.

The legislative arm is rubber-stamped, the judiciary is caged, the media is threatened, yet there is a democracy.

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