Nigeria, May 28 -- In Nigeria, kidnapping for ransom has become a feature in all parts of the country with thousands of people falling victim.

Between the year 2011 and 2020, Nigerians paid at least $18.34 million (N7 billion) as ransom to kidnappers, a report on the country's kidnap industry shows.

The report from SB Morgen (SBM) Intelligence published early this month captures the kidnap cases that occurred from June 2011 to the end of March 2020 using data collected from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, the Council for Foreign Relations' Nigeria Security Tracker, newspaper reports including PREMIUM TIMES, and SBM Intel's own countrywide network of researchers.

It also contains the breakdown of name of victims, dat...