- Ploy at parties
passed to the master of ceremonies requesting the owner of an identified
vehicle to come out and move his or her vehicle to allow others parking
access. Immediately the individual gets to his car, the kidnappers grab
the person and zoom off in the car.
heard his car’s number plate called out by the emcee, requesting him to
step outside to move his vehicle. As Olakunri got to his car, three men
grabbed him and forced him to drive off in his vehicle. Over N1m ransom
was paid before his abductors released him.
- Road blocks
includes mounting road blocks on highways in military uniforms and
staging a surprise attack on unsuspecting motorists.
governorship aspirant in Ondo State, Victor Olabimtan, was abducted by
gunmen after he declared his interest to contest the state’s
some persons in military attire, who dubiously manned a road block on
the expressway kidnapped him.
- Disguising as church members
kidnappers found their way into churches, disguised as church members
and waited for the service to end before carrying out their criminal
Church of God, Isawo branch, Ikorodu, Lagos, was recently abducted by
gunmen who disguised as members of the church and whisked him away after
- Isolated ATMs
Pedro Ayandokun, kidnappers now target isolated automated teller
machines with long queues of customers.
person in a queue because such individual will be an easy target for
them. Nigerians should avoid using isolated ATMs even during the day.
Bank customers should always use ATMs within the confines of a bank,” he
- Fake job interviews
randomly sent to the mobile phones of persons who did not apply for the
job. Their agenda is to get desperate job seekers to an arranged venue
and hold them before contacting their relatives to pay ransom.
travelled to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, for a job interview was
abducted by those who purportedly had a job offer for him. His abductors
initially demanded N5m before it was reduced to N2m.
- Neighbours as bait
rather than heading for the house of their potential victim directly,
use the person’s neighbour to knock on the door or gate of their
potential victim. Their belief is that their target would open the door
for the neighbour.
- Luring children with gifts
pupil of a school in Okokomaiko area of Lagos State, was kidnapped on
his way home after closing hours.
home when the kidnappers, who were in a bus, accosted them on the road
and gave the elder brother N100 to buy candy and biscuits. The victim
offered to run the errand with his younger brother but they ordered him
to leave his brother behind.
discovered that the bus was leaving. Being a child, rather than raise
the alarm, he ran home to alert his mother and before they arrived at
the scene, the kidnappers had disappeared with his brother.
happening around them. The criminal mind is just as good as an
intelligent mind, they try to use new tactics to lure their victims,” he
- Switching off generators
easily penetrable, especially at night, they locate where the
electricity switch box is and disconnect the power source. They wait
for any of the occupants to come out to check what might have happened.
In the process, he or she is kidnapped. They may also switch off
generator to lure their target.
Agbado/Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area of Lagos State could have
fallen victim but for his suspicion.
after some persons gained entry to his compound. He told our
correspondent that when they noticed that he didn’t come out after they
had waited for hours; they walked out of his compound.
- Pretending as relatives
Oluwole Adalumo, who owns a hotel in Ikole, Ekiti State, Ajagunna
Adalumo fell victim to this technique. He was kidnapped from his house
at Oke-Ijebu, Ikole Ekiti. Bimbo Ajayi, who is a relative of the victim,
said the kidnappers came into the premises of the aged man around 8pm.
Ajayi said a man entered the house of Pa Adalumo under the pretence that
the victim’s son sent him to the old man. He later drove him away in a
car he brought.
to persons in need, giving strangers a lift could be a wrong move.
There was a report last year of one Mrs. Abike Lawal who visited a
popular shopping mall in Lagos. As she was about to leave, she noticed
that one of her tyres had been slashed.
well-dressed and articulate young man showed up like a knight in shining
armour to help her. After assisting her, he asked for a ride to where
he said he parked his car. Without waiting for her response, he entered
the car but the woman suspected foul play and excused herself to buy
Limited, a private Security Company in Nigeria, stated that the
South-West had the highest incidence of kidnapping with five per cent,
followed by the South-East and South-South with four per cent each.
each had an incidence of three per cent, with the lowest being
North-Central at two per cent.
vulnerable to kidnapping are those close to waterways, because
kidnappers could quickly escape with their victims without encountering
an immediate chase by residents or security officials.
police are rarely contacted after a kidnap and that families are quick
to pay ransom for the release of their relatives. Kidnappers can be
particularly brutal and can physically assault their victims and those
said to be about 370,000 to about 170 million Nigerians.This fell short
of the United Nations recommendation of 222 police officers per 100,000
the recruitment of 10,000 policemen into the nation’s Police Force to
reinforce the police for better service.
Mentorship Committee, American Society for Industrial Security, Abuja
Chapter, Prof. Femi Adegbulu, said it appeared that the law enforcement
agents had lost the battle to kidnappers.
and your God. It depends on your negotiating power for your loved one to
be freed, if kidnapped. We hear reports saying no ransom was paid, but
those criminals are not foolish. These criminals risk their lives to
kidnap an individual, and they know that if caught, they would be jailed
or face death penalty. Why then would they kidnap someone and not get
money?’’ he stated.
waterways should be sensitive and extremely security conscious. We have
foiled about two kidnap attempts in partnership with the communities