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31 Aug 2020 | 11:13 AM UTC

Nigeria: Gunmen kill councilor in Bayelsa state August 29

Nigeria News Alert

Unidentified gunmen shoot dead councilor in Yenagoa (Bayelsa state) on August 29; heightened security presence expected in the area over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/31/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/2/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Nigeria, Yenagoa (Bayelsa state)


Unidentified gunmen shot dead Karma Agagowei, the councilor representing Ward 6 in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa state, on Saturday, August 29. The incident occurred in the Opolo area of the state capital Yenagoa as Agagowei was returning from the ward congress of the Peoples Democratic Party. A person traveling with Agagowei received machete wounds in the attack. Police are reportedly looking into the incident.

A heightened security presence is expected in the vicinity of the incident over the near term


Those in Bayelsa state are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

The security situation in Nigeria remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel. 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.).


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