Incident Summary:

12/21/2011: Shortly after midnight, approximately eight unidentified gunmen riding in two speed boats abducted the Iwauachang community head, Daniel Afia, in Ibeno (Local Government Area), Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, and took him to an undisclosed location. The assailants demanded 5 million Nigerian Naira (approximately $32,000 U.S.) for his release. On Tuesday, December 27, 2011, Afia was rescued unharmed by local police agents, who insisted that the ransom was not paid to secure the release of the victim. Police also arrested four suspects in connection with the abduction of Mr. Afia. It is believed that Mr. Afia was targeted in this incident because of his role as one of several community leaders tapped by Mobil to decide how 600 million Nigerian Naira (approximately $3,840,000 U.S.) in oil spill compensation funds should be dispersed to the area's local communities.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Akwa Ibom


Location Details:
The attack occurred in the Iwuoachang community of Ibeno (local Government Area), Akwa Ibom, Nigeria.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Iwuoachang community
Specific Description Daniel Afia
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 7
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 32000.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes 5 million Nigerian Naira (approximately $32,000 U.S.) was demanded for the release of the victim in this case. The ransom was not paid.
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were used in this attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 8
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Village Head Abducted in Akwa-Ibom Over Oil Spill Funds," Daily Trust, December 21, 2011.
Sebastian Boe, "Kidnapping of Local Chief Highlights Tensions over Oil Company Payouts in Nigeria," IHS Global Insight Daily Analysis, December 21, 2011.
"Police Rescue Abducted Village Head, Arrest Four Pirates in Ibeno," Daily Champion, December 29, 2011.