Why Thousands of Nigerians Are Abducted Every Year

The abduction of hundreds of children from an elementary school in northwestern Nigeria in March brought renewed attention to a kidnapping-for-ransom crisis that has long wracked Africa’s most-populous nation. The problem first made international headlines when 276 schoolgirls were seized by jihadist group Boko Haram in the northeastern town of Chibok in 2014 and they became a global cause celebre. Since then, criminal gangs have turned kidnapping into a thriving industry, seizing thousands of N

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