Incident Summary:

11/06/2018: Assailants opened fire on vehicles carrying Catholic priests in near Abraka, Delta, Nigeria. Four priests were abducted and were rescued on November 9, 2018. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Fulani extremists.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Abraka

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Priests: Victor Adigboluja, Anthony Otegbola, Joseph Ediae
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 3
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 27779.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 27779.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes $55,558 was originally demanded, then it was gradually lowered.
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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
Additional Information The victims included priest Emmanuel Obadjere.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Fulani extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
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
"Four kidnapped Catholic priests regain freedom," Nigeria Punch, November 9, 2018.
"Gunmen kidnap four Catholic priests in Nigeria," The Guardian Online, November 8, 2018.
"Breaking: Suspected herdsmen kidnap four Reverend Fathers in Delta," Nigeria News Shafaqna, November 7, 2018.