Incident Summary:

12/15/2018: Assailants abducted Michael Olopete, a Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo lecturer, on Owo-Ipele Road, Ondo, Nigeria. Olopete was released on December 17, 2018. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Fulani extremists.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Owo

Location Details:
The incident occurred between Owo and Ipele.

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 Owo
Specific Description Lecturer: Michael Olopete
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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 The abductors initially demanded either $277,392 or $83,218.
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
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 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
"Kidnappers in Ondo Operate in 3 Locations, Abduct Lecturer, Others," Vanguard (Lagos), December 17, 2018.
"Another poly lecturer, two others kidnapped in Ondo," Latest Nigerian, December 17, 2018.
"'Fulani Herdsmen' Abduct Children, Civil Servants, Lecturers In Ondo," Sahara Reporters, December 16, 2018.