On Tuesday, October 23, a police spokesperson confirmed that two local journalists had been abducted by unidentified gunmen near Keffi (Nasawara state) on Saturday, October 20. An investigation is currently ongoing. The whereabouts of the journalists were unknown as of October 24.
Nigeria ranks 119 out of 180 countries on the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index. Kidnapping is a longstanding concern in Nigeria, and both foreigners and locals face a high threat of abduction throughout the country. Expatriates face an especially high risk of kidnapping due to their perceived wealth compared to the local population.
The security environment in Nigeria remains complex. Although travel is permissible in some areas, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
Individuals present in Nigeria are advised to exercise caution and maintain a low profile at all times.
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