Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike says kidnapping has become a major business across states in Nigeria and cannot be totally eliminated.
Speaking on Monday while playing host to a delegation of Rotary International District 9141 in his office in Port Harcourt, Wike said
“It is now impossible to stop kidnapping in Nigeria. It is now a business. It has been commercialised,” he said.
“It is now a major business. Everyone must partner with the government to ensure that we reduce it to the barest minimum. But it cannot be totally eradicated.
“Look at what is happening across the country. Kidnapping has taken over all states. When it started here, it was politicised. But today, it is negatively affecting all states of the federation.
“A few days ago, a court of appeal judge was kidnapped in Benin. Before that, a federal high court judge was kidnapped. All of us must work together to stop this scourge.”
The governor has now asked citizens to be mindful of their environment and take measures to secure their themselves and their family from kidnappers.
Cases of kidnapping for ransom has been reported in over a dozen states including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja in recent times.
Federal and state governments have intensified efforts to address the issue by deploying more security personnel to communities and villages as well as Highways.