Kidnappings are taking on a new dimension in Nigeria, with access to private places such as mosques and hospitals being a hot bed for kidnappings.
In Nasarawa State, like in other parts of the country, four people were abducted at a hospital in Lafia, after 17 others were abducted from a mosque in Toto Local Government Area.
That means 21 people were abducted in one week in the state.
But authorities say some of the abductees have been released at the mosque, Gidado Fari, commander of the Nasarawa State Civil Defense and Property Authority, revealed during an interview.
“Some of them were released after giving a ransom for their release” he said.
Kidnappings are not uncommon in Nigeria, but the scale of the problem, and the prevalence of kidnappings everywhere, including in sanctuaries and such as mosques, hospitals and schools, is a new trend.
Even in times of war, those who rush to mosques, churches, places of worship, hospitals, etc. are pardoned. But current events show that almost no one has survived the kidnapping problem.
It is a big challenge
The case has prompted people to call on the authorities to take action to address the issue of kidnappings for ransom.
Analysts such as Mallam Muhktar Wakil say that although security forces may try their best, this is a major threat to public order.
He said there was a long way to go before the authorities could put an end to kidnapping.
although according to the commander of the Civil Defense Agency, Gidado Fari, Such a fight against hidden crime, wil be effective only with the cooperation of the public.
“The challenge is that we do not get news from people because of fear of reprisals, but with the cooperation of the people the problem will be brought to an end,” he said.
Analysts say kidnappings are a problem in many parts of Nigeria that need to be tackled urgently.
In addition to crippling the wealth of the poor in the name of ransom, it has crippled the economy as a whole, forcing farmers and the general public to abandon farms and other businesses.