Three people were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in the Gashaka area (Taraba state) on the morning (local time) of Wednesday, January 30. The victims reportedly include the Chief Press Secretary to the Taraba state governor and his driver, as well as an unidentified foreign national that unconfirmed reporting indicates is an aid worker. The incident occurred on Bali-Gembu road as the group was traveling to Gembu to join Governor Darius Ishaku on his campaign tour. Further details are not currently available.
Individuals in Nigeria are advised to remain vigilant and take appropriate measures to minimize their exposure to the risk of kidnapping. Vary daily schedules and itineraries, refrain from sharing personal information with unknown persons, and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities. If targeted, remain calm, do not offer any resistance, and adopt a cooperative attitude. Do everything in your power to keep the situation as calm as possible (accept offered food, engage in conversation initiated by your captors, avoid all political or potentially inflammatory topics, do not do anything that would spook your captors, etc.).
More generally, 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.
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