Here are the statements from the CD,
“An average of five persons are kidnapped per month in each state of the zone and they pay between N30 million and N20 million each"
"This amounts to about N150 million per month from wealthy individuals in a state, thus, totalling N750 million per month from the five states."
“There has been this massive exodus of industrialists, businessmen and women from the zone due to activities of kidnappers"
Adding that resent kidnapping incidents are prominent in major cities of Onitsha, Aba, Owerri, Awka, Umuahia, Enugu and Abakaliki."
“This is making business and human security to collapse and the wealthy not free to move around within the zone due to fear of being kidnapped,’’ it said.
The rights group is appealing to the government to intervene as they express fears that the economy of the zone would crumble.
Culled from The Nation