Incident Summary:

10/14/2013: Assailants wearing Nigerian army uniforms kidnapped Augusta Douglas-Ayam from her store in Ogbia town, Bayelsa state, Nigeria. Douglas-Ayam, the sister of the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Research and Documentation, was released unharmed about 11 days later, on or around October 25, 2013. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Nigeria
Specific Description Sister of Senior Special Adviser: Augusta Douglas-Ayam
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 11
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 3029020.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes Unknown
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 9
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
"N32m ransom paid for Oronto Douglas' sister — MEND," Nigeria Punch, October 26, 2013.
"MEND: $200,000 ransom paid for Oronto Douglas' sister," The Nation Nigeria, October 26, 2013.
"Our sister's abductors yet to contact us –Douglas," Nigeria Punch, October 15, 2013.