Incident Summary:

12/04/2018: Assailants abducted five people, including Federal Medical Centre (FMC) workers and Rufus Giwa Polytechnic lecturers, in Amurin, Ondo, Nigeria. One was released by December 6, 2018, one was found dead on December 10, 2018 and the fate of the remaining three is unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Fulani extremists.




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: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Rufus Giwa Polytechnic
Specific Description Lecturers
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 5
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded Unknown
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes A ransom was paid for the one released hostage. It is unknown whether or not a ransom was demanded for the remaining hostages.
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
Additional Information The victims included employees at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) including Dr. Jumoke Aiyeku, a nurse, and a records official.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Fulani extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Doctors give Akeredolu an ultimatum to stop kidnapping in Ondo," Nigeria Punch, December 10, 2018.
"Four Kidanpped OSCOTECH Workers Regain Freedom," Channels TV Nigeria, December 7, 2018.
"Kidnapped victim regain freedom in Ondo," Nigerian Tribune, December 7, 2018.