In his remarks on the subject of kidnapping, Mr. Mike Ejiofor, the former director of the Department of State Services (DSS), emphasized the nuances surrounding the government’s position against demanding a ransom. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>
In a Vanguard interview, Ejiofor stated that when Emefiele, the wife of the former governor of the Central Bank, was abducted, the ransom money was identified, which helped in the eventual capture of the abductor suspects. He said that a different strategy would entail having the government oversee ransom payments in order to obtain crucial information that would enable the offenders to be apprehended.
However, Ejiofor acknowledged the challenges, noting that victims’ families are often impatient due to the urgency of ensuring their loved ones’ safety. He highlighted the difficulty of comprehending the government’s position against ransom until directly affected, recognizing the dilemma faced by those dealing with the traumatic experience of a kidnapping
In Ejiofor’s words: “When Emefiele’s wife was kidnapped, money used for ransom was marked and the suspects got caught. But victims’ families are always impatient. You don’t blame them because they want their loved ones safe. If the police or government is telling you not to pay ransom, it is expected. But until you are affected, you will know whether to pay ransom or not”. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>