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Nigeria is now the “Kidnap for Ransom Capital of the World” Accounting for 25% of Global Kidnappings – AIO



The spate of kidnappings in Nigeria has once again given the country an embarrassing reputation. Over the past few years, reported cases of kidnapping in the country has risen, with many cases remaining unsolved. In some instances, the victims are never found and the culprits are never apprehended.

The African Insurance Organisation (AIO), a non-governmental organization recognized by many governments has said that Nigeria accounts for a quarter of kidnap for ransom cases reported worldwide in the last one year.

The AIO disclosed in its newsletter at the 18th African Reinsurance Forum in Mauritius yesterday that Nigeria had been designated as the global capital for kidnap for ransom due to the huge record of kidnap cases reported in the country yearly.

In the report made available to Punch, the AIO stated, “The number of kidnaps for ransom in Africa continued to increase. In the first half of 2011, Africa’s proportion of the global total increased from 23 per cent in 2010 to 34 per cent. Nigeria is now the kidnap for ransom capital of the world, accounting for a quarter of globally reported cases.”

It further stated that kidnap and ransom insurance constituted the illegal taking and holding captive of an insured person and was triggered under the policy by a financial demand as a condition of the release of the captive.

Wow, what a reputation. It’s really sad that Nigeria just seems to be getting these notorious recognitions. We are somewhere at the top of the list among the world’s most corrupt nations. And now, we are getting recognized as the kidnap for ransom capital of the world. How shameful.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Laila Ikeji

    October 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

    ghen ghen! wahala dey oo

  2. NNEKA

    October 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Funny enough i aint suprised. God Bless Niger Still…..

    • Purpleicious Babe

      October 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      abi.. the NIAIJA is everywhere the good, the bad and the UGLY..

      the country needs a SERIOUS MAKEOVER we dont understand.

  3. layour

    October 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    so so sad.What we put our mind to do,we do very well.If only the energy could be channeled to doing positive things…………

  4. Ginika

    October 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm


  5. Tiki

    October 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    It was only a matter of time before Nigeria reached the top of the list….

  6. RU

    October 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Continued irresponsible reporting by Nigerian-focused media outlets. AIO is now a credible source — an NGO with an agenda doesn’t seem like a credible source of information. I can list at least 3 other global destinations with greater kidnapping occurrences than Nigeria. The problem is that in Nigeria the majority of reporting is anecdotal and not based on empirical evidence. Great job Bella Naija in being like every other Nigerian-focused media outlet by not differentiating yourself from all the rest out there in the Nigerian internet universe.

    • Dayo

      October 4, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Bro (or sis), I hear you. Nigerian “journalists” just love to uncritically regurgitate everything they pick up elsewhere, even if it doesn’t pass the smell test. SMDH

  7. Reality

    October 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I’m so concerned about what we have as the foundation of the country in question. Very soon, we’ll emerge as the capital of suicide bombing and brutal killings in the world (if we are not already).
    What other facts do we need to be classified as a failed state. Until we get to roots of these problems handed over to us by our colonial masters with the aim of keeping us as well as the whole Africa unstable forever so they can rip us off continiously, Nigeria will be consumed like Syria.

  8. Priscy

    October 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    ok na

  9. john

    October 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    that is a big lie , nigeria is not even in the top 20 , total cases of kidnaping in a year in nigeria is about 900 while some countries like mexico, venizuala are recordng over 20 thousand cases a year, i noticed recently that bellanaija is deviating from entertainment and joining the band wagon of nigerian websites that keep feeding us with bad news. pls stick to entertainment .

    • CHICHI

      October 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      i highly advise you to look at the tabs at the top of the page wait let me help you Home, NEWS & FEATURES,Events and so on

    • Dayo

      October 4, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Even otherwise good countries like Brazil far outpace Nigeria in kidnappings, not to mention places like Russia and the Philippines…

  10. brandigest

    October 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    And my dear state, IMO is its capital. Coming back home during the chrismas is never the same experience. Dull and low turn out.

  11. CHICHI

    October 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Extreme Makeover – Countries Edition- Season One Episode One: Nigeria

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