Incident Summary:

12/15/2018: Assailants abducted three family members, including Bunmi Falodun, a civil servant in Oba Akoko, Ondo, Nigeria. Falodun was injured while in captivity. The three hostages were released on December 19, 2018. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Fulani extremists.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Oba Akoko

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Nigeria
Specific Description Civil Servant: Bunmi Falodun
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 4
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 277392.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 277392.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes Unknown
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Melee Blunt Object
Weapon Details
AK-47 assault rifles and a plank 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
Additional Information The victims included two family members of Bunmi.
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 / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Kidnapped Ondo civil servant, wife freed after N10m ransom," Nigeria Punch, December 19, 2018.
"Kidnappers in Ondo Operate in 3 Locations, Abduct Lecturer, Others," Vanguard (Lagos), December 17, 2018.
"There's A Whole Community For Kidnappers In Ondo ' Survivor Reveals," Latest Nigerian, December 23, 2018.