Incident Summary:

02/09/2014: Approximately six assailants abducted Moses Anyior, a registration officer for the All Progressives Congress (APC) political party, from his residence in Umuezekoha village, Ezza North local government area, Ebonyi state, Nigeria. The assailants asked for $12,282.00 in ransom or for the victim to switch political parties. This was one of two related kidnappings against APC registration officers in Umuezekoha on the same day. Both of the hostages were released on February 10, 2014. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, sources attributed the kidnappings to assailants working for the People's Democratic Party (PDP).




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Ezza North district

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Umuezekoha area of the Ezza North local government area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity All Progressives Congress (APC)
Specific Description Registration Officer: Moses Anyior
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 1
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 12282.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes The total ransom amount demanded for this incident conflicts across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimate is reported here.
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
People's Democratic Party (PDP) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
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
"Nigeria: Unknown Gunmen Release Abducted Registration Officers of Opposition APC," Leadership Online, February 11, 2014.
"Gunmen kidnap APC registration officials in Ebonyi," Nigeria Punch, February 10, 2014.
"Nigeria: Suspected PDP Gunmen Reportedly Abduct 2 Opposition APC Officials in Ebonyi State," Leadership Online, February 10, 2014.