Nigerian archeologists cry out as Kidnapping- for-Pay Industry strikes again with the abduction of Visiting German Archaeologists in Northern Nigeria

February 25, 2017

Nigeria

Archeologists in Nigeria have cried out in the wake of the kidnapping of their colleagues, Professor Peter Breunig and Mr. Johannes Behringer from Germany.

Members of the Nigerian Association of Archeologists have been particularly vociferous about the security problems in the country, seizing the occasion of their 8th World Archaeological Congress held in Kyoto to sponsor a resolution on the incessant violence by Boko Haram and other Armed Groups in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad highlighting how “the violence has made archaeological work difficult and dangerous in many parts of these countries”. 

The worst fear of the AAN has become a reality in the kidnapping of Professor Breunig and his student who were on an annual field work in Southern Kaduna.

Some members of the Association, signing on as “Concerned Architects of Nigeria” have also forwarded a petition to Nigeria’s Presidency on the matter. 

Below is a press release by the Association. [TOLA]

 We express our deep concerns about the latest development in Southern Kaduna where our colleagues Professor Peter Breunig and Mr. Johannes Behringer were kidnapped on February 22nd during their annual archaeological fieldwork in Janjela. We are aware that Police and other security personnel have swung into action to secure the release of these two men. We urge all those involved to use all the professional resources at their disposal for the safe return of our colleagues to their families.

We are saddened that two brave members of the Janjela community (Anas Ibrahim and Adamu Abdulrahim) who intervened to abort the kidnap of the two men lost their  lives in the process. We praise these heroes and other members of Janjela community for their efforts.

This latest kidnapping event is part of the ongoing security problem in Nigeria. This is mostly fueled by the social and economic displacement of a large number of the young people many of whom are unemployed. Many parts of Northern Nigeria have also been infiltrated by trans-border militants fingered in kidnappings, robberies and sundry criminal activities. At the 8th World Archaeological Congress held in Kyoto, the Archaeological Association of Nigeria (AAN) representatives sponsored a resolution on the incessant violence by Boko Haram and other Armed Groups in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad. The Resolution highlighted the fact that ‘the violence had made archaeological work difficult and dangerous in many parts of these countries. This latest incident underscores the fears expressed in the resolution and the need for the Nigerian Government to secure the country against armed criminal gangs. While we praise the recent efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria in degrading Boko Haram’s criminal activities in northeast Nigeria, we urge the government to take more urgent steps in addressing the fundamental conditions in which criminal behavior and insecurity thrive.

At this material time, we call upon the government to diligently work towards quick and safe release of Professor Peter Breunig and Mr. Johannes Behringer.

Professor Zacharys Anger Gundu. President, AAN, 24th February, 2017

OPEN LETTER TO NIGERIA’S PRESIDENCY

Open Letter to The Presidency, Federal Republic of Nigeria

We express our deep concerns about the latest development in southern Kaduna where our colleagues Dr. Peter Breunig and Mr. Johannes Behringer were kidnapped on February 22 during their annual archaeological fieldwork in Jenjela. We are aware that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and the security personnel have swung into action to secure the release of these two men. We urge the security agencies involved to use all the professional resources at their disposal for the safe return of our colleagues to their families. We are of course saddened that two members of Jenjela community – Anas Ibrahim and Adamu Abdulrahim – who intervened to secure the release of the kidnapped men lost their own lives in the process. We praise these heroes and other members of Jenjela community for their efforts.
This latest kidnapping event is part of the ongoing security problem in Nigeria. This is mostly fueled by the social and economic displacement of a large number of the young people many of whom were unemployed. While we praise the recent efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria in degrading Boko Haram’s criminal activities in northeast Nigeria, we urge the government to take more and urgent steps in addressing the fundamental conditions in which criminal behaviors and insecurity thrive.
 
At this material time, we urge the government to diligently work towards the safe release of Dr. Peter Breunig and Mr. Johannes Behringer.

 
Concerned Nigerian Archaeologists
 
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017. 11:19 a.m. [GMT]
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2 Comments on “Nigerian archeologists cry out as Kidnapping- for-Pay Industry strikes again with the abduction of Visiting German Archaeologists in Northern Nigeria”

  1. folakemiodoaje Says:

    I pray the Architects are released soon.

    Kidnappings happen so often now that it has become another malaise that people get used to.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Thanks, Dear Fola. They were released last night and I learnt of it today and have already updated the story.

      Nigerians all hope the kidnapping-for-ransom menace would be faced squarely by the law enforcement agencies. It’s another big stain on the country.

      Sincere regards,
      TOLA.

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