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Kidnapping, according to Wikipedia, is the abduction and restraint by force or unlawful transportation of a person usually in order to hold them captive against their will.
This may be done with a demand for ransom in exchange for releasing them from concealment or for other illegal purposes.
It is a crime against the law of the land and a security challenge all over the world. It is a huge one in Nigeria and it has become prevalent in the recent time.
Record available in public domains indicates that kidnapping became pronounced in Nigeria in 2006 when militants in Niger Delta took local hostage to protest inequality in the region.
It soon grew to a phenomenal level, as the crime took another dimension spreading to other parts of the country.
Kidnap cases have been recorded in different places, from Anambra to Lagos, Abuja to Kaduna, Ibadan to Kwara with the people of different social status as targets.
For example, between August and November 2016, the Nigerian police recorded 300 cases of kidnapping for ransom nationwide.
Loss of societal value, unemployment, and perhaps much more lust for material wealth, have been adduced as factors behind the menace.
Kidnappers appeared to be having a field day, family groans, fear permeated the atmosphere, investors scared and victims traumatized.
But on June 11, Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief when social and mainstream media were jammed with the arrest of kidnap kingpinChukwudumeme Onwuamadike also known as Evans was nabbed by the Nigerian Police in his multi-million naira home in Magodo, Lagos, after a gun battle that lasted several hours.
Evans, who was once allegedly arrested in 2006, was also declared wanted in 2013, when he allegedly masterminded the attempted kidnap of Vincent Obianodo, the owner of Young Shall Grow motors in Festac Town.
Since his arrest, the media has been a washed with avalanches of stories and mind boggling revelations of modus operandi and ransom demands.
Described as the deadliest, Evans targets are mostly his kinsmen, high net worth individuals and he made illicit fortunes to the extent that he is described as a billionaire.
While his evil machination lasted, he had been alleged to have killed, maimed and perplexed many households.
Nigerians’ sensibilities were upsets in terms of his coverage areas, tactics, high networking and collaboration, sophistication of weapons and callousness.
Though his invincibility perplexed the police security, his charms collapsed and so called spiritual back up crashed, leaving him begging for mercy.
Evans Narratives had, however, raised a lot of questions and concerns, especially in view of the size of his loots, recruitment strategy, family structure and background.
Interesting, a twist is beginning to emerge about Evans exploits, not for the arrest of an army corporal who is a collaborator, but his father who had turned and dragged the police to the court demanding 300 million naira as damages.
This development is a wake-up call to the entire citizenry, security and Judiciary system in the country.
As we speak the nation is still faced with the challenge of rescuing six senior secondary school students of the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, in Epe area, abducted by unknown gunmen in May.
If the menace of insecurity is not curbed through due diligence, community security alertness, Kidnappers and the likes of Evans will wreck more Havoc on individuals and families, discourage investors, weakened the economy, and continue to traumatize the nation.
All hands, therefore, must be on deck, police must embark on diligent investigation and prosecution, existing law must be applied and society must put on a new garb of consciousness.