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Title:Regional differences and developmental implications of security challenges in Nigeria: the case of kidnapping
Author:Badiora, Adewumi Israel
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Geographic term:Nigeria
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10246029.2014.990394
Abstract:Using crime review figures for four randomly selected states in Nigeria, this study examines cases of kidnapping and its implications for the national economy. The findings reveal that kidnapping is consistently on the increase in Nigeria and is not evenly spread across regions. It is shown that 15 cases were recorded in 2005 and 43 cases in 2008. In 2009, 138 cases were officially recorded, of which 22 per cent and 76 per cent occurred in Rivers and Edo states respectively. Findings further showed that modern kidnapping in Nigeria is triggered by resource control disputes directed both at oil expatriate workers and at prominent citizens, politicians and members of their families. The crisis, which came to the fore in 2005, has forced oil production shutdowns of up to 800 000 barrels per day. The study concludes that kidnapping is becoming a serious crime in Nigeria with significant negative implications for foreign investment, national foreign exchange earnings, and revenue generation. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]