Nigeria, the acclaimed giant of Africa, is certainly under siege, as kidnapping is fast spreading to every state in the federation.
In the last four months, there has been an explosion in the incidence of kidnapping in several parts of the country.
The allure of robbery as the ultimate crooked money-spinner is fast giving way to kidnapping, reason being that robbers often have to slug it out with the police and could get killed anytime. But kidnappers are faceless and induce fear in the families of their hapless victims to unlock their pockets.
Kidnapping has spread beyond the South-south and South-east, where it was rampant some years ago, to the South-west and northern parts of the country.
Here some security tips against kidnapping: