EOS Alerts 30-8-2017
Nigeria: Gunmen Kidnap Bus Passengers from Port Harcourt, Rivers State
11 kidnapped from bus in Port Harcourt
On 28 August, at least 11 people were kidnapped, after a group of unidentified gunmen stopped the bus they were travelling on and forced them to enter the nearby bush on the outskirts of Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The motive behind the kidnapping is not yet clear and no group has yet claimed responsibility for the abductions.
Earlier this month on 7 August, 16 people were kidnapped after a group of unidentified gunmen stopped the bus they were travelling on before forcing them to enter the nearby countryside in the Emohua area, near Port Harcourt in Rivers State.
Those operating or residing in Nigeria are advised to be aware of the high threat of kidnap. In May 2017, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice to advise that they had received reports to suggest that Boko Haram is actively planning to kidnap western foreigners who are working in Bama Local Government Area of Borno state, along the Kumshe-Banki axis. If you are working in areas where there is a Boko Haram presence, especially in the north-east of Nigeria, you should be alive to the potential risk of kidnapping as a means by the terrorist group to raise funds. Military operations against Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) are ongoing but both groups remain a threat to security in the region. If you do decide to travel, remain on high alert and monitor local media for additional security information.