Video Duration 25 minutes 50 seconds
From: Counting the Cost

What is behind the rise of kidnappings and abductions in Nigeria?

As the government fails to expand the economy to accommodate its growing population, youth unemployment has soared.

Back in 2014, armed group Boko Haram made global headlines when it abducted more than 270 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok.

Sadly, since then Nigeria’s kidnapping industry has been thriving against a dire economic background

A lack of jobs, easy access to guns and the possibility of quick ransom payments make it attractive to bandits and unemployed young men.

We talk to Sam Amadi, senior lecturer at Baze University, about the government’s failures.

And as Shell sells its onshore operations, we ask energy analyst Ufuoma Oghoyone if the oil giant is right to blame sabotage and theft for its decision.