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12 Apr 2020 | 12:49 PM UTC

Nigeria: Police raid kidnapping ring in Rivers state April 11

Police-led security operation kills one following raid on local gang in Ogu-Bolo local government area (Rivers state) on April 11

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Event

On Saturday, April 11, Rivers state police raided the suspected hideout of a local gang in the Ogu-Bolo local government area, killing one man as the group fled. The group was reportedly responsible for multiple acts of kidnapping and extortion in the area. Police stated that they were tipped off as to the gang's whereabouts by a member of the group who had previously been arrested. Multiple weapons and ammunition were seized following the raid on the camp.

Further operations targeting militants and criminals in the region are possible over the near term.

Context

Rivers State is under a "do not travel" warning, the highest travel advisory for the US government, due to crime, civil unrest, and kidnapping.

Advice

Individuals in Rivers state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Nigeria remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.