Mass kidnappings continue to haunt Nigeria ten years after Chibok abductions | Armed Groups News

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Over the past decade, abductions have become a recurring issue in Nigeria, particularly in the northern regions, following the infamous kidnapping of nearly 300 students by Boko Haram in Chibok. Just recently, 287 students were abducted in Kuriga, Kaduna state, and 17 students in Gidan Bakuso, Sokoto state. While some of the victims have been released, many remain missing, including over 90 from the Chibok incident.

Despite being Africa’s largest economy with a strong military, Nigeria has struggled to address the escalating insecurity crisis. Ransom kidnappings have become a booming industry, with perpetrators targeting vulnerable groups to demand payments. The lack of political will, socioeconomic factors, corruption, and ineffective security collaboration are contributing to the worsening situation.

The crisis has led to deteriorating absentee statistics in schools and a rise in out-of-school children. Parents are increasingly pulling their children out of school to avoid the risk of abduction, especially in the northeast and northwest regions. This exodus from education may have long-term consequences for the country’s development and security.

The psychological trauma faced by abduction victims, especially girls vulnerable to rape and forced marriages, underscores the urgent need to address the crisis. Experts warn that without immediate action to safeguard education and enhance security, Nigeria faces a ticking time bomb of radicalization and recruitment into armed groups.

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