The Commander, 2 Brigade the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Brigadier General Stevenson Olabanji has stated that kidnapping is the number one security challenge in the state, adding that members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, were the most vulnerable group to kidnappers. Daily Post reports.
Olabanji, who made this disclosure known while addressing reporters in Port Harcourt on Thursday, December 3, 2015, described the kidnappers as being desperate.
“Most cases of kidnapping take place in the communities and that is why the Army need information because these boys live in communities and are known. So, we need information when it happens.
“Many of those involved in kidnapping are young people who belong to cult groups. They even demand as low as N10, 000 as ransom to free their victims,” the Brigadier General said.
“The kidnappers usually intimidate and threaten community folks, which is why some people may be afraid of giving useful information to security agencies.
Olabanji however assured that all information would be treated with utmost confidentiality.
“Within the period I have spent here in Rivers State, I have discovered that the biggest challenge the Army have here is kidnapping,” he stated.