38 DAYS OF HORROR IN NIGERIA : 50 Policemen Dead, Kidnappers Demand Over N1bn For 321 Victims

No fewer than 50 police officers were gruesomely murdered by bandits and other criminal elements in the last 38 days while about 211 other Nigerians were killed during the same period.

Sunday Vanguard review of security situation in Nigeria during the period showed that about N1.415billion was demanded as ransom for 321 kidnapped victims across the country. 

These came to light as experts warned that there would be no end to ransom payment as long as activities of criminals were not checked by security agencies.

According to the Sunday Vanguard review, Kaduna State is worst hit with 206 abductees and 51 deaths, followed by Sokoto, Borno, Zamfara and Adamawa states respectively.

In Sokoto, 60 persons were kidnapped while two persons lost their lives.

Borno recorded 45 deaths while Zamfara, Adamawa and Plateau had 42, 41 and 24 deaths accordingly.

Imo State also became a hotspot of killings during the period under review by ‘unknown gunmen’.

The findings showed that about 250 people were killed by bandits, militants, herdsmen or unknown gunmen while 14 lost their lives in the hands of the police, Customs and military officers.

Also, five suspected kidnappers were set ablaze in Edo State by a mob.

The above figures were not part of recent SBM Intelligence report which found that that a total of 2,371 persons were kidnapped in Nigeria within the first six months of the year, that is, from January to June, 2021.

According to the research consultancy group, an average of 13 persons was abducted daily in Nigeria in the first half of the year.

Kidnapping has become commonplace and a sort of business to bandits and other criminal elements, who raid, kill and mass kidnap for ransom, particularly of school children.

It is the fastest growing industry and has remained the most virulent form of banditry in the country.

Recent reports have shown that criminals are often driven by financial motives to kidnap children and others and hold them for ransom.

According to the SBM report, N10 billion ($19.96 million as of June 30) was demanded as ransom for the kidnap victims.


About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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