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Curbing Kidnapping in Nigeria: An Exploration of Strategic Peace Building Tools

Kelechi Johnmary Ani, Eugene Ndubuisi Nweke
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 2, No 1 | a46 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v2i1.46 | © 2014 Kelechi Johnmary Ani, Eugene Ndubuisi Nweke | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 November 2016 | Published: 01 March 2014

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Kelechi Johnmary Ani, Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Nigeria
Eugene Ndubuisi Nweke, Ebonyi State University, Nigeria

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The increasing growth of kidnapping inNigeria has become a strong threat tonational peace and security. It has affected the national image of the state and has eaten deep into every region and segmentof the nation. This work unveils howidentity fanaticism and political violence led to emergence of economy of violence referred as "kidnapping” in Nigeria. Upon this circumstance, the paper argues that peace building is a potent strategic tool that can eliminates kidnapping and other terror related crime from Nigeria by ensuring that violent actors and their sponsors embrace peace while exploring other non-violent mechanisms for resolving such differences that trigger kidnapping in the Nigerian state. It adds that adequate public information process, a behavioural change messages and actions that return the mindsets of of kidnapping into the life of rule of law and peaceful coexistence, eliminates the network of organized crime used by kidnappers to carry out its nefarious activities. Essentially eradication of kidnapping restores security climate for establishment of democratic culture, promotion of national development, and foreign direct investment.


Kidnapping; Strategic Public Information; Management; Peace building; Nigeria


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