Around six assailants armed with guns kidnapped four Chinese workers and shot dead their police guard at a quarry site in Cross River state on Tuesday night (local time), July 21. The incident occurred in the Oban area of Akamkpa Local Government Area (LGA). State police have confirmed the death of the police sergeant and stated that a search operation was underway to track down the kidnappers.
Similar kidnapping incidents targeting foreign nationals are possible in Cross River state over the near term.
Kidnappings are common in Nigeria, and both Nigerians and foreign nationals have been targeted by kidnappers.
Individuals in Cross River 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.
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