Police in Nigeria secure release of 100 kidnapping victims

Nigeria is battling an increase in armed robberies and kidnappings for ransom, mainly in northwestern states, where thinly deployed security forces have struggled to contain the rise of armed gangs, commonly referred to as bandits. The released captives had been abducted on June 8 from Manawa village in Zamfara state, Mohammed Shehu, the state's police spokesperson, said in a statement sent to Reuters on Wednesday.


Reuters | Lagos | Updated: 21-07-2021 14:59 IST | Created: 21-07-2021 14:50 IST
Police in Nigeria secure release of 100 kidnapping victims
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Police and government authorities have secured the release of 100 people, including women, children, and nursing mothers, who were kidnapped from their village in northwestern Nigeria over a month ago, a local police spokesperson said. Nigeria is battling an increase in armed robberies and kidnappings for ransom, mainly in northwestern states, were thinly deployed security forces have struggled to contain the rise of armed gangs, commonly referred to as bandits.

The released captives had been abducted on June 8 from Manawa village in Zamfara state, Mohammed Shehu, the state's police spokesperson, said in a statement sent to Reuters on Wednesday. He said their release had been secured "without giving any financial or material gain."

"They will be medically checked and debriefed before (being) reunited with their respective families," the statement added. While northeastern Nigeria has faced a decade of insecurity, including attacks by Islamist militants including Islamic State-allied Boko Haram, the current wave of kidnappings is primarily financially motivated.

Lagos-based consultancy SBM Intelligence estimates that kidnappers took 2,371 people across Nigeria in the first half of this year, demanding ransoms totaling 10 billion nairas ($24.33 million). The bulk of those was abducted in the northern states of Zamfara, Kaduna, and Niger. SBM said it could not accurately assess how much has been paid in ransoms.

Over 200 students as well as scores of others taken in kidnapping raids are still being held captive. ($1 = 411.0000 naira)

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