Escalating Kidnappings in Nigeria: Urgent Calls for Improved Security and Protection

Escalating Kidnappings in Nigeria: Urgent Calls for Improved Security and Protection


The recent wave of abductions in Nigeria, particularly the kidnapping of students in Gada, Sokoto, and Kuriga, highlights the persistent security challenges facing the country. The abduction of 15 students and four women in Gada, Sokoto, adds to the growing concern over the safety of students and civilians in Nigeria.

The ongoing search efforts by the army and local authorities to locate the kidnapped students from Kuriga reflect the urgency and seriousness with which the government is addressing these incidents. The escape of some of the abducted children is a glimmer of hope amidst the distressing situation, but the tragic death of a 14-year-old student underscores the severity of the threat posed by these criminal gangs.

The lack of sufficient security presence in affected areas, as highlighted by Governor Uba Sani, underscores the need for increased efforts to bolster security measures and protect vulnerable communities. The formation of vigilante groups by families of the abducted children underscores the determination of communities to defend themselves in the absence of adequate government protection.

The visit of Vice President Kashim Shettima to Kaduna and the assurances from President Bola Tinubu regarding rescue efforts provide some reassurance to the affected families. However, these incidents serve as a stark reminder of the ongoing insecurity in parts of Nigeria, particularly in the face of persistent attacks by criminal gangs and insurgents.

The recent kidnappings evoke memories of previous incidents, such as the Chibok abduction in 2014, and highlight the need for sustained efforts to improve security and protect civilians, especially children. The government’s ban on ransom payments and stringent penalties for abduction underscore its commitment to combating this menace. However, addressing the root causes of insecurity, including poverty, unemployment, and social inequality, remains crucial to achieving lasting peace and stability in Nigeria.