“N5 Billion Paid as Ransom to Kidnappers Since 2016,” - Reps Deputy Speaker Reveals

“N5 Billion Paid as Ransom to Kidnappers Since 2016,” – Reps Deputy Speaker Reveals

by Victor Ndubuisi

Benjamin Kalu, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, disclosed that since 2016, kidnappers in Nigeria have reportedly received ransom payments totaling over N5 billion.

Speaking at the House of Representatives-organized national discourse on state policing, Kalu highlighted the nation’s alarmingly growing criminal business.

He emphasised the alarming security scenario as evidenced by the 2024 Global Terrorism Index, which placed Nigeria tenth overall and fourth in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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In order to prioritise local security and create a more responsive policing environment, Kalu emphasised the critical necessity for a multi-layered policing approach.


Kalu stated, “These statistics underscore the urgent need for a multi-layered policing approach that prioritizes local security and enables a more responsive policing environment in Nigeria.

He emphasised the momentum that the state policing discourse has garnered, especially during the emergency meeting between Governors and Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the Aso Rock Villa in February 2024.

The information provided highlights state policing as a national priority, demonstrating a profound comprehension of the need for an innovative strategy to address insecurity.

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Although there are differing views among Nigerians about how to address the country’s security issues, Kalu pointed out that one school of thought supports a return to multilayered policing.


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