Gunmen abducted eight workers - including two foreign nationals - working for a construction company on Monday, December 9. The attack took place on the Shiroro-Galadima road located in central Niger state at approximately noon (local time). According to security forces, the assailants wore military uniforms and were traveling on motorcycles. As of Friday, December 13, the whereabouts of the victims remains unknown. An investigation is ongoing.
Similar incidents are possible in Niger state and other parts of northern Nigeria in the near term.
Kidnappings are common in Nigeria. Both Nigerians and foreign nationals have been targeted by kidnappers.
Individuals in Niger state are advised to remain vigilant, vary daily schedules and itineraries, and refrain from sharing personal information with unknown persons to limit the risk of being targeted by potential kidnappers. If attacked, remain calm, do not offer resistance, and adopt a cooperative attitude. Do everything in your power to keep the situation as calm as possible (e.g. accepted offered food, engage in conversation initiated by your captors, avoid all political or potentially inflammatory topics, etc.).
The security situation in Nigeria remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.