An African adage says when a man refuses to take a stand as a man, a youth will ask him for a wrestling match at the village square.

The stage seems to be getting set for the next level of kidnapping in Nigeria and this truly calls for caution.

Believe it or not, kidnapping is not going away from Nigeria and it awakens concerns about why the demand for the reformation or restructuring of the country is not become an agitation by all Nigerians before things get further out of hands.  

A few reforms have started but they are travelling at the speed of a millipede.

Here, however, lies two situations that show that things are getting worse.

Two very significant situations occurred in Rivers State that now shows kidnappers have acquired additional courage to push their trade.

They now plan assassination of a top naval officer.

It did not even end in the planned assassination, but extended to the kidnapping of a Naval official and his daughter weeks after.

Announcing the rescue of the kidnapped naval official, whose identity was not disclosed, and his daughter on Saturday, the Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder in Port Harcourt, Commodore Sam Bura, said the victims were freed shortly after gunfire with their abductors.

He said five suspects, who carried out the kidnap, were arrested at the scene while their leader escaped with gunshot wounds, adding that troops were currently on trail of the escapee.

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“The suspects conspired and kidnapped a naval personnel and his daughter at about 8 p.m. local time on December 28 around Ozuoha/Omademe communities in Ikwerre Local Government rea of the state.

“Consequently, we mobilised a quick response team, in collaboration with other security agencies, towards rescuing the personnel and his daughter.

“The armed rescue team rescued the victims after engaging the kidnappers in a gun fight and thereafter dislodged the kidnappers den in Omademe community.

“Five suspects were arrested in possession of dangerous weapons; three of the suspects were wounded while their suspected gang leader escaped with gunshot wounds,” he said.

Bura said the gang had recently attempted to assassinate a director of the Naval War College, Ubima, but was unsuccessful.

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He reveled that the gang was responsible for several abduction and cult related activities in Ubima community and in other parts of the state.

The commander said the suspects had been handed over to the Nigeria Police to carry out further investigation and possible prosecution.

“We call on members of the public to contact the nearest police station or other security agencies with where about of the fleeing gang leader,” he said.

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