Jul 29, 2019

Kidnapping and Terrorism: Threat to Freedom, Security & National Development

The rate of kidnapping in Nigeria has risen considerably in the last ten years. Not less than 1,500 people are kidnapped on an annual basis in the country thus making kidnapping more or less a new “cottage industry”. With the statistical belief that one out of every 5 Africans is a Nigerian, it may not be wrong to say with her population and the increase in the wave of kidnapping, Nigeria has more potential kidnap victims than most of her West African neighbours.
-                     The Street Journal, 9th April, 2013, www.thestreetjournal.org

All over the world, countries have had to deal with criminality in one way or the other. One of such which Nigeria as a nation has faced with for a long period of time is Kidnapping and Terrorism. Kidnapping and Terrorism are interrelated as the two constitute a threat to individuals’ freedom, security and national development. Kidnapping and Terrorism is a global phenomenon which has been of great challenge to every government of affected countries.

Nigeria has experienced kidnapping and terrorism in recent times. On April 2014, the terrorist group called Boko Haram kidnapped 329 girls from a boarding school in Chibok. Subsequently, some students were also kidnapped in Dapchi. Niger- Delta has also experienced the kidnapping of expatriates by heavily armed militants. The militants extended their activities to political figures. Nigeria has also experienced various attacks on both the military and civilians. An example is the gun and bomb attacks that occurred in Kano, Bauchi, Borno, Yobe and Kaduna.

The issue of national security has become paramount in the policies of Nigerian government. This is because of the fact that the survival of the political, economic and social existence of Nigeria depends on the national security of the country. The rate of kidnapping and terrorism especially in the north eastern part of the country is alarming.

The questions that arises here are what are the current strategies of the Nigerian government to curb the menace of kidnapping and Terrorism? How is the international community assisting the government to curb these activities? How are the states of the Federation ensuring national security

The various questions and issues arising from this topic and the way forward would be discussed at the Plenary Session of the NBA Annual General Conference scheduled to hold on;

Date: Wednesday, 28th August 2019

Time:  9.00 – 10.30

Venue: Jasmine, Eko Hotel


Moderator: Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu(Governor, Abia State)

Panelists:     Wahab Shittu

Major Diepreye Biambi

Dr. Akintayo Akinola

Bob Arnot

                       Musibau Adetumbi

Join the discuss.