By Helen Mukoro Idisi – June 19, 2017
Helen Mukoro Idisi is a Spanish politician, author, journalist, scriptwriter, administrator, legal adviser, propietor of HMI Documentary Media and presidential candidate, 2016 Spanish general elections
The nabbing of Chukwudemeje George Onwamadike aka Evans, a Nigerian billionaire, and kidnapper, pulled in world attention for an issue that has tormented the country for quite a long time.
Nigeria has turned out to be a high-risk country for hostage-taking. Most episodes are done by criminal groups for a payoff. Between the characteristics and results, kidnapping speaks to a risk to the steadiness of the population, and a major agony to the families all through whatever is left of their lives. The motive there have all the earmarks of being generally criminal, for monetary benefit. In some cases, such occasions are depicted as ‘Financial Extortive Kidnapping’.
Crime influences the Nigerian economy and tourism from various perspectives. The main impact that abducting has on the nation’s economy is the way it limits international capital streams, the high rates of crimes likewise hurt individuals’ certainty and the possibility for business enterprise.
Kidnapping is generally characterized as the taking of a person from one place to another against his or her will, or the limiting of a person to a controlled space.
There are numerous variations of kidnapping in Nigeria, which essentially has the object of trading monetary resources for the freedom of the captured individual. In any case, this lawful offense offers indication to the Commission of different crimes, for example, the traffic of minors, murder, blackmail, and so forth.
The taking of foreign hostages by Nigerian kidnappers has turned into an especially popular modus operandi for them, especially due to their skeptical yet by and largely viable utilization of broad media scope.
These kidnappers extort local and international companies in construction, real estate development, steel, and different businesses. The kidnapping incidents may have been sorted out by a few, but it posed a widespread negative effect, affecting everyone and has tarnished the image of the country.
Shockingly, the loss of life among hostages is high in Nigeria. Material motives (e.g. payoff) might be helpfully covered by claimed religious, political and moral ones. Besides, ransoms may be utilized to finance political and religious activities. Likewise, some insurgency groups offer hostages on to different groups for their own purposes, therefore, the wrong-doing have been developing into a genuine shrewdness industry.
Freedom quite often brings a feeling of delight and alleviation to victims. However, adjusting back to this present reality in the wake of being held hostage can be similarly as troublesome as suddenly abandoning it. Hostage survivors may feel lost or experience issues overseeing exceptional responses and may require help changing in accordance with their previous lifestyle taking after release. Their victims require time to recuperate from the physical, mental and enthusiastic troubles they confronted.
The Nigerian government punishes kidnappers, and the current disciplines (fine, jail) accessible in the country are generally great. Jail has good purposes. It physically keeps culprits from carrying out more wrongdoings, since they’re bolted up. It gives a chance to rehabilitation and helps as an impediment against carrying out violations.