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Kidnappers Ambush, Demand Money Through POS During Pandemic- Security Expert

With the spread of Coronavirus pandemic the world over, Nigerians have had to stay under a lockdown to curtail the spread of the deadly virus. 

Though, many have frowned at the lockdown as it has led to lack of circulation of funds in the country which many fear could led to recession. 

However,  a Security Expert, Mohammed Garba Potiskum has warmed that people should stay at home during the pandemic as kidnappers could strike and demand payment of ransom through POS.

Potiskum stated that, “Kidnapping in general terms has reduced as a result of non-availability of cash in circulation. 

According to him, “However, unconfirmed report available to us claims some kidnappers are utilizing POS on the victims.”

“There is more to it than meets the eye in this particular instance but kidnappers lay ambush and source information on the whereabouts of their victims before they strike.”

The security expert said the spate of crime in Nigeria will  be reduced to the barest minimum when the Federal Government strengthen its ties with the numerous security agencies in the country.

Garba Potiskum, the Managing Director and CEO of HNB Security & Protective Company who said this in Kaduna during a virtual presentation of a paper, entitled ’emerging security threat in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and possible approach to reducing vulnerability and fighting  criminal acts.’

Potiskum, who had coordinated the security of late General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua ,said the  National Security Strategy framework approved by the President in December 2019 had confirmed  27  existing Security Agencies .


He said the security agencies  should find time and study the Strategic Plans drawn by experts and adopt systemic approach towards implementing and enforcing the strategy with careful ‘Carrot and Stick’ as it relates to Nigerian citizens and the people at large.

Potiskum said,  “A vital point which should be taken into consideration is the fact that trust is a big issue between the existing Security Agencies while superiority is the Greatest Headache at most quarters,” 

He also advocated a strong need for synergy to achieve the set goals and objectives of the Federal Government on successful reduction of all criminal acts to the barest minimum.

“The emerging threats might have been in existence but are skyrocketing based on the lock-down, stay at home and remaining indoors, which proves that every person is expected to be in his/her respective homes.”

He noted that “People that are affected to drugs have procured excess narcotic drugs and stored them.”

“And it has become part of their system to take drugs in an attempt to reduce their frustration or loneliness as the case may be. This has also been on the increase based on the lock-down.”

“We must exercise caution in dealing with pharmaceutical medicines and local herbs in order not to abuse drugs while caution must also be exercised on people that are addicted as it can be identified easily based on the indoor syndrome”, he said.

“Kidnapping: Kidnapping is financially induced crime which careful analysis link up the planning stage with involvement of a close unknown persons to the victims. It is unfortunate.”

“Banditry has been on the increase especially as the major source of their service support/logistics arises from Cattle Rustling and weekly markets.”

“The bandits live on food and when their stock gets exhausted, they attack some communities in search of food items and with little resistance, it becomes mayhem.”

“Crime watchers have severally recommended a synergy between various State boundaries to ensure each State gets approval for the Military to carry out ambush bay techniques in order to ensure that running away bandits don’t get shelter in villages within their States.”

He advised that the stay at home order should be adhered to strictly particularly the feminine gender who keep late nights or run errands through lonely/deserted roads. 

“This is to avoid avoidable exposure to sex crimes and acts of kidnapping,” He advised.

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