- Governor Aminu Masari has raised concerns over the issue of kidnapping in Nigeria
- Masari said cases of kidnappings have escalated since bandits got involved in the crime
- The politician proffered solutions on how incidents of abductions can be reduced
The Katsina state governor, Aminu Masari, has said criminals now see kidnapping as a booming business in Nigeria.
Masari made the statement at a two-day security awareness seminar for Jumma’at Mosque Imams and other Islamic religious leaders in Katsina.
According to The Nation, the governor condemned the rising insecurity in the country, especially the northwest.
He said bandits who were previously engaged in cattle rustling have now moved to kidnap as a way of collecting millions of naira as ransoms.
’’Nigeria being the richest among countries in the Sahel region has suddenly drawn the attention of those engaged in kidnapping business and selling of guns and so on, because here, they can kidnap somebody and get N10,000, N50,000, N100,000 and millions more.
“There is no doubt that this country is facing divergent security challenges, although the problem of Boko Haram has reduced but banditry and kidnapping is still with us.''
The governor recommended a community-driven arrangement as the solution to combatting kidnapping and other related violent crimes.
Meanwhile, in a solidified effort towards ending the security crisis across the country, the federal government said it will begin holding meetings with governors, traditional rulers and necessary stakeholders in all geo-political zones.
Babagana Monguno, the National Security Adviser (NSA), made this disclosure on Sunday, February 14, in a statement which obtained by Legit.ng
The statement was issued after the NSA's meeting with the new security chiefs, heads of law enforcement forces and intelligence agencies.
In another report, Sheikh Abubakar Mahmoud Gumi, a popular Islamic cleric, has accused the leadership of the Nigerian military of being complicit in the sabotage of the counter-security efforts.
Gumi made this allegation on Thursday, February 11, when he featured on the Arise TV’s "News Night" programme.
According to the renowned Islamic cleric, the military leaders are not "cooperating" in the efforts to end insecurity because they are beneficiaries of the continuous attacks from the bandits, insurgents and other criminal elements, The Punch reported.
Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.