July 13, 2021
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Some 2,371 persons have been kidnapped between January and June 2021, according to a report by SBM Intelligence.

SBM Intelligence based its report on media reports as well as the national security tracker of the Council of Foreign Relations.

The report stated that on average, 13 persons were kidnapped daily during the indicated period across the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

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The report noted that N10 billion ($19.96 million as of June 30) was demanded as ransom but failed to indicate the total amount paid by victims.

It stated that Niger State recorded the highest incidents with 643 victims in 28 cases while 58 people were killed in abduction attempts.

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Zamfara State came second with 519 kidnap victims in seven incidents, leading to deaths of 22 while Kaduna had 360 victims in 26 incidents leading to deaths of 41.

“Schools were often targeted in the abductions that took place in the first half of 2021, with hundreds of students taken hostage in the North-West,” it added.

The kidnap victims in other states are; Abia (6), Abuja (50), Adamawa (3), Akwa Ibom (2), Anambra (14), Bauchi (3), Bayelsa (7), Benue (6), Borno (1), Cross River (4), Delta (51), Ebonyi (5), Edo (18), and Ekiti (14).

Others are: Enugu (15), Gombe (1), Imo (25), Jigawa (2), Kano (3), Katsina (236), Kebbi (81), Kogi (31) and Kwara (10).

The rest include Lagos (6), Nasarawa (44), Ogun (26), Ondo (17), Osun (23), Oyo (61), Plateau (10), Rivers (14), Sokoto (10), Taraba (46), and Yobe (4).

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