Incident Summary:

11/27/2018: Assailants abducted six civilians, including Nigeria Customs Service and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officers, in Akoko North-West, Ondo, Nigeria. The hostages were released December 1, 2018. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Fulani extremists.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Akoko North-West district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 6
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 4
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 13888.89
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 6111.11
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes Unknown
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Blunt Object
Weapon Details
Firearms, cutlasses, and sticks were used in the attack.
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
Fulani extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 11
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Herdsmen collect N2.2m ransom from kidnapped Customs, NDLEA officers, others families," Latest Nigerian, December 6, 2018.