Unknown gunmen reportedly conducted two attacks in Isinbode Ekiti in the Ekiti East Local Government Area of Ekiti state on Friday, July 10, and abducted three people. According to media sources, approximately ten gunmen attacked a sawmill along Isinbode-Ode Road, stealing valuables and money belonging to employees and kidnapping two people before fleeing. Following this, the gunmen then ambushed a vehicle along the same road. Reports indicate that they opened fire on the vehicle, shooting and wounding the driver and causing them to halt the vehicle, and then the gunmen abducted the passenger who is believed to be a government official. Local police reported that one of the victims had escaped and that they have begun search operations for the victims.
A heightened security presence is likely in the area in the near term.
Kidnappings are common in Nigeria. Both Nigerians and foreign nationals have been targeted by kidnappers.
Individuals in Nigeria 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.
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