Incessant kidnapping will discourage foreign investment in Nigeria – Criminologist

 Dr Monsurat Isiaka, Coordinator the Department Criminology, University Ilorin, says incessant kidnapping will discourage foreign investment in Nigeria.

Speaking with newsmen in Ilorin on Monday, Dr Isiaka expressed profound worries over increasing criminality in Nigeria.

She observed that incessant kidnappings in the country were geared toward raising funds for terrorists and dissidents whose means external financing had been tightened by the Federal Government.

She also noted that there was a strong nexus between the increasing rate kidnapping and the campaign against .

has established relationship with several criminals who are mostly uneducated, unskilled and hopeless to engage in banditry and abduction with a view to generating funds for the insurgency.

“Many are unconsciously working one way or the other for the dreaded ,’’ she said.

She warned that the activities of terrorists and could also increase school dropout rate as parents and pupils would be scared of the environment.

“Terrorism and kidnapping indirectly discourages school enrolment, the cornerstone philosophy of the outlawed Boko Haram,’’ she said.

Dr Isiaka argued that also targeted schools out of the conviction that ransom that would be by government would be quite huge compared to what abducted individuals would .

She equally expressed the fear that growing criminality would damage Nigeria’s reputation in the global and further affect its economy.

“The best way is to provide state-of-the-art equipment for the military and other security agencies to adequately combat the criminals,’’ she observed.

She advocated a thorough reappraisal of people recruited into the security services, stating that some of the security operatives were unpatriotic and criminally minded individuals who are betraying their oath of for material .

Dr Isiaka also advised students to avoid large gatherings which could attract criminals to them. (NAN)