Kidnapping and Hostage Taking In Nigeria



The phenomena of kidnapping and hostage taking have assumed an alarming dimension leading to loss of lives, properties, money etc and has had negative impact on the socio-economic aspects of the country. Kidnapping is a violent crime and it occurs when a person without lawful authority physically abducts another person without that person’s consent and with the intent to use the abduction for financial ransom, political objective or other nefarious objectives. As a distasteful behaviour to the society, the rising incidences of kidnapping have been a source of worry to the security sectors of the society at large. The victims of kidnapping suffers unimaginable ordeals in the hand of their captors as they are physically and emotionally tortured, most at times in order to elicit quick responses from the relations of the victims towards their request. The purpose of this research among other things is to examine the socio-economic impact of this act in the society and proffer practical solutions for the peace and progress of the society. It is recommended that unemployment and wide inequality must be addressed by government to dissuade youths from this nefarious act of Kidnapping and hostage taking.


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