from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE future of some lecturers, journalists and politicians kidnapped in north-western Nigeria is in doubt after the lapse of deadlines set by kidnappers to pay ransom for their release.
Armed bandits recently kidnapped three medical lecturers on a major highway in the Kaduna State in the latest spate of abductions to grip the region.
Kidnap-for-ransom gangs have defied the presence of security personnel and the deployment of the military to sustain their reign of terror.
The kidnapping of the lectures working at the Shehu Idris College of Health has sparked fear among families and communities.
Kidnappers have recently abducted an official from the House of Assembly and a journalist with the Nigerian Television Authority alongside his wife and relative.
Their future is dire after the kidnappers cut the line of communication days after the lapse of deadlock on the payment of ransom for their releases.
Last week, a former local government chairman, miraculously escaped when accosted by kidnappers.
The Birnin-Gwari Vanguards, a local political pressure group, called on the government forces to secure the release of the kidnapped citizens.
“We urge the military, the police and other security personnel to identify and storm all escape routes of armed bandits,” Ibrahim Abubakar Nagwari, the organisation’s chairman, said.
Kidnap gangs are among groups perpetrating terror in Nigeria, alongside the Islamist Boko Haram sect and armed nomadic herdsmen.
It is feared these will scuttle general elections scheduled for February next year.
– CAJ News