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Insecurity: OBJ cautions presidency, says payment of ransom fuels menace

by Kunle Awosiyan
Olusegun Obasanjo

Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo has called on the Federal Government to stop the payment of ransom to kidnappers and bandits, saying the practice is currently fueling the problem of insecurity in the country.

Obasanjo spoke while hosting members of the Tiv Professionals Group led by Professor Zacharys Anger Gundu, who visited him at his Pent House residence, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

He urged the Federal Government to evolve a more effective means of tackling insecurity, particularly the menace of kidnapping and banditry currently ravaging the country, rather than payment of ransom to the criminals.

Obasanjo specifically advocated for a “carrot and heavy stick” approach to fighting insecurity in Nigeria to a standstill, emphasising that paying ransom to kidnappers further go a long way in encouraging banditry to flourish.

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