Incident Summary:

12/14/2019: Assailants abducted Samuel Agwameseh between Onicha-Olona and Issele Mkpitime, Delta, Nigeria. Agwameseh, the St. Lawrence Catholic Church parish priest, was released on December 16, 2019. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Fulani extremists.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Issele Mkpitime

Location Details:
The incident occurred between Onicha-Olona and Issele Mkpitime.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Saint Lawrence Catholic Church
Specific Description Reverend: Samuel Agwameseh
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 54719.56
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes Unknown
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
"Kidnapped Catholic Priest regains freedom in Delta," The Nation (Nigeria), December 19, 2019.
"Catholic priest kidnapped in Delta," TheCable, December 16, 2019.
"Kidnappers of Catholic Priest demand N20m for his release," The Sun (Nigeria), December 16, 2019.