The rate of kidnapping
in Nigeria has risen considerably in the last ten years. Not less than 1,500
people are kidnapped on an annual basis in the country thus making kidnapping
more or less a new “cottage industry”. With the statistical belief that one out
of every 5 Africans is a 
Nigerian, it may not be wrong to say with her population and
the increase in the wave of kidnapping, Nigeria has more potential kidnap
victims than most of her West African neighbours.
The Street Journal, 9th April, 2013,

All over the world,
countries have had to deal with criminality in one way or the other. One of
such which Nigeria as a nation has faced with for a long period of time is Kidnapping
and Terrorism. Kidnapping and Terrorism are interrelated as the two constitute
a threat to individuals’ freedom, security and national development. Kidnapping
and Terrorism is a global phenomenon which has been of great challenge to every
government of affected countries.

Nigeria has experienced
kidnapping and terrorism in recent times. On April 2014, the terrorist group
called Boko Haram kidnapped 329 girls from a boarding school in Chibok.
Subsequently, some students were also kidnapped in Dapchi. Niger- Delta has
also experienced the kidnapping of expatriates by heavily armed militants. The
militants extended their activities to political figures. Nigeria has also
experienced various attacks on both the military and civilians. An example is
the gun and bomb attacks that occurred in Kano, Bauchi, Borno, Yobe and Kaduna.

The issue of national
security has become paramount in the policies of Nigerian government. This is
because of the fact that the survival of the political, economic and social existence
of Nigeria depends on the national security of the country. The rate of kidnapping
and terrorism especially in the north eastern part of the country is alarming.

The questions that arises
here are what are the current strategies of the Nigerian government to curb the
menace of kidnapping and Terrorism? How is the international community
assisting the government to curb these activities? How are the states of the
Federation ensuring national security

The various questions and
issues arising from this topic and the way forward would be discussed at the
Plenary Session of the NBA Annual General Conference scheduled to hold on;

Wednesday, 28th August 2019

Time:  9.00 – 10.30

Jasmine, Eko Hotel


Moderator: Dr Okezie
Victor Ikpeazu(Governor, Abia State)

Panelists:     Wahab Shittu

Major Diepreye

Dr. Akintayo

Bob Arnot


Join the discuss.