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THE CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF KIDNAPPING IN CONTEMPORARY NIGERIA.
This study examined the causes and consequences of kidnapping in contemporary Nigeria. Kidnapping is a vice and an illegal act that is abhorred by the Nigerian state. Unfortunately, kidnapping as a crime has continued to soar across the six geo-political zones of the country. Part of the reasons why many criminals take to kidnapping as an occupation is because of poverty, unemployment and the prolonged period of suffering and neglect of the citizens by government. More so, lack of moral education from the family and society and the drive to make quick money have engineered some young men and women into engaging in hostage taking and kidnapping as a lucrative and profitable business. In recent time, kidnapping has spread like wide fire in the country and human lives are traded for money or ransom, some victims are freed after hard bargaining and payment of ransom, while the unfortunate ones are tormented, tortured, persecuted or killed. This is a sickening, disgusting, dishonorable, offensive, distasteful and vile business that provides income for the rich (the sponsors) and the unemployed youths who commit these callous crimes on behalf of their employers. This study adopted the descriptive methodology. It drew upon primary and secondary sources, primarily sources include oral information and testimony where secondary sources include newspapers, magazines reports and relevant books.
Keywords: Kidnapping, Social Vices, Causes, Consequences, Nigeria.