Kidnapping is a thriving industry in Nigeria. This is is corroborated by a report by SB Morgen, a consulting firm.
The report said Nigerians paid at least $18 million(N6,848,928,000) to kidnappers between 2011 and 2020.
The rate of abductions have increased under the government of Muhammadu Buhari who is in his second four-year tenure as president. Buhari who has come under fire for the failure of his government to check the spate of kidnappings in the country, will leave office when his tenure expires in May 29, 2023.
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The SB Morgen report says Rivers leads in the number of kidnappings with 120 cases, and is followed by Kaduna which has 117. Delta, Bayelsa and Borno have 96, 85 and 82 cases, respectively. Kogi has 59 cases while Edo has 55. Ondo has 54 cases but Katsina has 52 while Taraba has 47 cases.
The report also says that Borno has 489 fatalities during kidnap attempts, followed by Kaduna with 209. Katsina is next with 147 fatalities. Rivers follows with 131 with Adamawa which has 91 next to it. Niger has 62 while each of Delta and Zamfara has 58. Taraba has 56 while Edo has 30.