From the US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Boko Haram Threat to Kidnap Foreigners in Bama Local Government Area, Borno State

The U.S. Embassy has received a credible report that Boko Haram is actively planning to kidnap foreigners working along the Kumshe-Banki axis in Bama Local Government Area, Borno State.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings and Alerts, Travel Warning for Nigeria, and Nigeria Country-Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, located at Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area, at +234 (9) 461-4000, Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +234 (9) 461-4000. Contact the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, located 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, at +234 (1) 460-3600 or +234 (1) 460-3400, Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +234 (1) 460-3600 or +234 (1) 460-3400.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Latest update: Summary and Terrorism 

Reports received that Boko Haram is actively planning to kidnap western foreign workers in Bama Local Government Area of Borno state, along the Kumshe-Banki axis. Potential risk of terrorist kidnapping in areas where there is a Boko Haram presence. As well as North East Nigeria, this is believed to include some Northern and Middle Belt states, such as Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Kaduna, Niger and Adamawa states. Exercise vigilance in crowded public places including bars, hotels, restaurants, shopping mall, markets, places of worship, transport hubs and camps for displaced persons.

Terrorist kidnaps

Ansaru and Boko Haram have carried out a number of kidnap attacks in Nigeria. Recent attacks have occurred in the north, but could occur anywhere. We have received reports that Boko Haram is actively planning to kidnap foreigners, including in Bama Local Government Area of Borno state, along the Kumshe-Banki axis. There is a high threat of terrorist kidnapping in areas where there is a Boko Haram presence. As well as north east Nigeria, this is believed to include some northern and middle belt states including Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Kaduna, Niger and Adamawa states.

If you’re working or travelling in areas where there is a Boko Haram presence, especially in the north-east of Nigeria, you should be aware of the risk of terrorist kidnapping. You should exercise vigilance in crowded public places, including religious gatherings and insecure spaces like places of worship, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, transport hubs and camps for displaced people.

Boko Haram have also taken hostages from neighbouring Cameroon.

  • a German national was kidnapped in Adamawa State in July 2014 by Boko Haram; he was subsequently released
  • a British construction worker was kidnapped and murdered along with 6 colleagues in Bauchi State. Ansaru claimed responsibility on 16 February 2013
  • in December 2012 a French national was kidnapped in Katsina State, reportedly from a residential compound; Ansaru claimed responsibility for the attack; he subsequently escaped on 17 November 2013
  • in January 2012 a German national was kidnapped in Kano and killed in the city on 31 May 2012
  • in May 2011 a British national and an Italian national were kidnapped together in Kebbi State both hostages were killed in Sokoto on 8 March 2012; Ansaru are believed to have been responsible for their deaths

The long-standing policy of the British government is not to make substantive concessions to hostage takers. The British government considers that paying ransoms and releasing prisoners increases the risk of further hostage-taking. For information on criminal kidnaps see Safety and Security.

The main terrorist threat in Nigeria comes from Islamist extremist groups Boko Haram and Ansaru.

Military operations against Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) are ongoing but both groups remain a threat to security in the region. Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Benin and Niger have contributed troops to a Multi-national Joint Task Force to combat the terrorists.

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From the Canadian Government’s Travel Advice website

Travel Report updated in the last 24hrs for Nigeria

Recent Updates: The Safety and security tab was updated – U.S security message on kidnappings.

Kidnappings are a particular threat in the Niger Delta region and in southwestern Nigeria, but occur elsewhere in the country.

Kidnappings for ransom targeting Westerners have increased in the affluent areas of Lagos and the surrounding states of Ogun, Osun and Ondo. Throughout the Niger Delta states, numerous Westerners, mainly oil and gas facility workers, have been abducted, and, in some cases, killed. Remain especially vigilant in Warri, Delta state. In Port Harcourt, Rivers state, you should avoid going to public places frequented by expatriates, including bars and restaurants, and avoid the waterfront at all times. The states of Abia, Anambra and Imo are at risk for kidnappings for ransom as well as violent acts. Recent events have demonstrated that attacks, often perpetrated by small groups of armed individuals, are indiscriminate. Residents and foreigners alike have been abducted and held captive, sometimes for days, until ransom was paid. Deaths have also been reported.

Incidents of kidnapping of expatriates have occurred in the northern states of Adamawa, Kebbi, Katsina, Bauchi and Kano. Kidnapping for ransom of Nigerian citizens occurs regularly across northern Nigeria. Numerous mass kidnappings in northeast Nigeria have been linked to Boko Haram. On May 5, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria issued a Security Message to U.S. citizens, indicating it has received “a credible report that Boko Haram is actively planning to kidnap foreigners working along the Kumshe-Banki axis in Bama Local Government Area, Borno State.”

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