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Rise in kidnapping blamed on unemployment

LAGOS – Nigerians have blamed the increased rate of kidnaping in the country on the high rate of unemployment among the employable youth.

According to results of a recent poll conducted by NOI/Gallup Polls, 44 per cent of Nigerians said the rate of kidnaping has increased in the past year; in contrast, 38 per cent said the rate of kidnaping was on the decline while 11 per cent did not see any change.

When asked their opinion on the reasons why people are engaged in kidnaping, almost a quarter (24%) of respondents blamed high unemployment levels, 12% blamed poverty and 8% said that poor education is to blame.

The spate of kidnaping in Nigeria has been on the increase, with the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Ibrahim Yakubu Lame, recently disclosing that 512 people had been kidnapped in the last 18 months. Kidnaping has thus become a menace to the Nigerian society with people becoming wary to visit some parts of the country.

Respondents of the snap poll were randomly selected from a database of phone-owning Nigerians compiled by NOI/Gallup Polls. Sixty-eight per cent of respondents were males, while 32 per cent were females.


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