The Causes of Kidnapping and its Implications on Nigeria


  • Yusuf Kamaluddeen Ibrahim Faculty of Law and International Relations, University Sultan Zainal Abidin, Terengganu, Malaysia.
  • Abdullahi Ayoade Ahmad Faculty of Law and International Relations, University Sultan Zainal Abidin, Terengganu, Malaysia.



Kidnapping, National Security, Socio-Economic Impacts, Security Implications, Nigeria


The incessant incidences of kidnapping in Nigeria have grown into a severe National threat to its society and is ravaging the country’s socioeconomic wellbeing. The study aims to explore the national security and socioeconomic implications of this menace. The study applied the functionalism theoretical assumptions and employed Qualitative Document Analysis (QDA) based on the previous studies review conducted on kidnapping such as current literature, media reports, and newspaper to figure out the gap and come up with new findings on the causes of this menace. The study found that the government's reluctance to address such challenges is the force igniting heinous crimes in the country. It is due to the negligence of the Nigerian government to address the root-causes of the phenomenon such as; youth unemployment, quick-money syndrome, hard-drug influence, and others. The study suggests some measures such as public awareness programs, a synergic approach between the security forces and community police, appropriate sanctions, phone sim-card registration, quit ransom payment, and job creation.


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How to Cite

Ibrahim, Y. K., & Ahmad, A. A. (2020). The Causes of Kidnapping and its Implications on Nigeria. Liberal Arts and Social Sciences International Journal (LASSIJ), 4(1), 1–9.