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Ploy at parties

In this method, a note is dubiously passed to the master of
ceremonies requesting the owner of an identified vehicle to come out and move
his or her vehicle to allow others parking access. Immediately the individual
gets to his car, the kidnappers grab the person and zoom off in the car.

This was what happened to Mr. Raheem olajide who was
kidnapped at a party venue in Lagos some months ago.

Olajide, who drove an SUV to the venue, heard his car’s
number plate called out by the emcee, requesting him to step outside to move
his vehicle. As Olakunri got to his car, three men grabbed him and forced him
to drive off in his vehicle. Over N1m ransom was paid before his abductors
released him.

Road Barricade

The modus operandi of kidnappers includes mounting road
blocks on highways in military uniforms and staging a surprise attack on
unsuspecting motorists.

An All Progressives Congress governorship aspirant in Ondo
State, Victor Olabimtan, was abducted by gunmen after he declared his interest
to contest the state’s governorship election.

Olabimtan was on his way to Abuja when some persons in
military attire, who dubiously manned a road block on the expressway kidnapped
him.

Joining church Congregation to worship

There have been several reports of how kidnappers found their
way into churches, disguised as church members and waited for the service to
end before carrying out their criminal act.

A pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Isawo
branch, Ikorodu, Lagos, was recently abducted by gunmen who disguised as members
of the church and whisked him away after the service.

Isolated ATMs

According to a security expert, Mr. Olawale lateef kidnappers
now target isolated automated teller machines with long queues of customers.

“These kidnappers look out for the last person in a queue
because such individual will be an easy target for them.  Nigerians should avoid using isolated ATMs
even during the day. Bank customers should always use ATMs within the confines
of a bank,” he said.

Fake job interviews

Text massages for job interviews are randomly sent to the
mobile phones of persons who did not apply for the job. Their agenda is to get
desperate job seekers to an arranged venue and hold them before contacting
their relatives to pay ransom.

A victim, Mr. Segun Abiodun, who travelled to Port Harcourt,
Rivers State, for a job interview was abducted by those who purportedly had a
job offer for him. His abductors initially demanded N5m before it was reduced
to N2m.

Neighbors as bait

Security agencies have constantly warned Nigerians against
opening their doors for neighbours at odd hours.

It had been observed that kidnappers, rather than heading for
the house of their potential victim directly, use the person’s neighbour to
knock on the door or gate of their potential victim. Their belief is that their
target would open the door for the neighbour.

Luring children with gifts

Two months ago, Bayo Adeyemi, a male pupil of a school in
Okokomaiko area of Lagos State, was kidnapped on his way home after closing
hours.

Bayo and his brother were on their way home when the
kidnappers, who were in a bus, accosted them on the road and gave the elder
brother N100 to buy candy and biscuits. The victim offered to run the errand
with his younger brother but they ordered him to leave his brother behind.

While returning from the errand, he discovered that the bus
was leaving. Being a child, rather than raise the alarm, he ran home to alert
his mother and before they arrived at the scene, the kidnappers had disappeared
with his brother.

Commenting on the development, a security consultant, Mr.
Simon Udie, said every Nigerian should be extremely vigilant.

“Nigerians should observe every strange happening around
them. The criminal mind is just as good as an intelligent mind, they try to use
new tactics to lure their victims,” he said.

Switching off generators

When kidnappers identify a house that is easily penetrable,
especially at night, they locate where the electricity switch box is and
disconnect the power source.  They wait
for any of the occupants to come out to check what might have happened. In the
process, he or she is kidnapped. They may also switch off generator to lure
their target.

Mr. Tunji Ajayi who resides in Agbado/Oke-Odo Local Council
Development Area of Lagos State could have fallen victim but for his suspicion.

He said his generator was switched off after some persons
gained entry to his compound. He told our correspondent that when they noticed
that he didn’t come out after they had waited for hours; they walked out of his
compound.

Pretending as relatives

The ninety-year-old father of Mr. Oluwole Adalumo, who owns a
hotel in Ikole, Ekiti State, Ajagunna Adalumo fell victim to this technique. He
was kidnapped from his house at Oke-Ijebu, Ikole Ekiti. Bimbo Ajayi, who is a
relative of the victim, said the kidnappers came into the premises of the aged
man around 8pm. Ajayi said a man entered the house of Pa Adalumo under the
pretence that the victim’s son sent him to the old man. He later drove him away
in a car he brought.

Lifts

As much as many would want to offer help to persons in need,
giving strangers a lift could be a wrong move. 
There was a report last year of one Mrs. Abike Lawal who visited a
popular shopping mall in Lagos. As she was about to leave, she noticed that one
of her tyres had been slashed.

In her disturbed state, a friendly, well-dressed and
articulate young man showed up like a knight in shining armour to help her.
After assisting her, he asked for a ride to where he said he parked his car.
Without waiting for her response, he entered the car but the woman suspected
foul play and excused herself to buy something.

She went to a security guard and told him what happened. The
security guard went with her to the car but the young man had left.

In 2013, a report by Sheriff Deputies Limited, a private
Security Company in Nigeria, stated that the South-West had the highest
incidence of kidnapping with five per cent, followed by the South-East and
South-South with four per cent each.

It noted that North-West and North-East each had an incidence
of three per cent, with the lowest being North-Central at two per cent.

The Lagos State Police Command said between January and June
this year, there were 19 cases of kidnappings.

The spokesperson for the command, Dolapo Badmos, told SUNDAY
PUNCH that 15 suspected kidnappers had been charged to court.

Badmos also said culprits involved in robbery and pipeline
vandalism had turned to kidnapping.

She added that some of the communities vulnerable to
kidnapping are those close to waterways, because kidnappers could quickly
escape with their victims without encountering an immediate chase by residents
or security officials.

A security consultant, Mr. Bunmi Odukoya, said kidnapping of
Nigerians had increased.

Odukoya said, “Criminals know that police are rarely contacted
after a kidnap and that families are quick to pay ransom for the release of
their relatives. Kidnappers can be particularly brutal and can physically
assault their victims and those delivering ransoms.”

Insufficient security agents

The current number of police officers is said to be about
370,000 to about 170 million Nigerians.This fell short of the United Nations
recommendation of 222 police officers per 100,000 persons.

President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the recruitment of 10,000
policemen into the nation’s Police Force to reinforce the police for better
service.

Another security expert and Chairman Mentorship Committee,
American Society for Industrial Security, Abuja Chapter, Prof. Femi Adegbulu,
said it appeared that the law enforcement agents had lost the battle to
kidnappers.

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