Incident Summary:

12/04/2018: Assailants abducted eight Osun State College of Technology staff members from Esa Oke, Osun, Nigeria. Three hostages were released shorty following the attack, one was killed and the remaining four were released by December 7, 2018. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Fulani extremists.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Esa Oke

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Osun State College of Technology
Specific Description Staff
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 8
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 3
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 demanded for the four remaining hostages who were released on December 7, 2018.
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 Olaleye Olalekan, Civili Engineering Department Head Adeyeoluwa Bankole, Director Ventures Dr Jesuola Ajibola, Secretary to Civil Engineering Department, Adenreti Chukwu, registry staff member Olaniyi Emmanuel Temitope,and Rachael Onyinocha Akinboboye. Four of the hostages were released on December 4, 2018. The remaining victims were released on December 7, 2018.
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 / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Police rescue remaining Osun college staff from kidnappers,", December 7, 2018.
"Four Kidanpped OSCOTECH Workers Regain Freedom," Channels TV Nigeria, December 7, 2018.
"Gunmen kidnap eight college workers, kill one in Osogbo," The Nation (Nigeria), December 5, 2018.