Rising Insecurity: Abia, Katsina, Others Listed Among States with High Risk of Kidnapping for Ransom Threats(Document) | #NwokeukwuMascot
Security Advisory: Kidnap for Ransom Threat on the Rise in Nigeria | #NwokeukwuMascot
Lagos, 1st February 2024 - TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited issued a security advisory to all staff members regarding the alarming increase in Kidnap for Ransom (K4R) incidents across Nigeria.
The advisory partly reads, “While the company's safe operating zones remain incident-free, it is crucial for all employees to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions.
Notable Trends in Kidnap for Ransom Incidents:
Kidnappers in Nigeria have adopted new strategies, making it imperative for everyone to be aware of the following trends:
1.) Random Targets: Kidnappers no longer discriminate based on nationality, wealth, age, or social standing. All individuals, regardless of their background, are potential targets. This shift in approach requires all staff members to maintain a high level of vigilance.
2.) Shift to Residential Abductions: Perpetrators have increasingly targeted residential areas instead of traditional locations like highways and farms. This change in tactics demands heightened awareness, particularly within our homes and communities. It is essential to remain cautious and report any suspicious activities to the authorities.
3.) Escalating Ransom Amounts: Ransom demands have seen a significant increase. Despite legal restrictions, families are often compelled to pay due to perceived inefficiencies in official intervention. Economic challenges, such as high inflation and unemployment rates, contribute to the exponential growth of ransom payments. It is crucial for employees to remain aware of this trend and take appropriate measures to ensure personal safety.
4.) Mass Abductions: Kidnappers strategically opt for mass abductions, recognizing the economic advantages of such operations. This tactic poses a collective risk, necessitating comprehensive security measures. TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited is committed to implementing robust security protocols to protect its staff members against such threats.
High-Risk States for Kidnap for Ransom:
TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited advises its staff members to exercise heightened caution while operating in the following states experiencing a spike in K4R incidents: Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara, Benue, Ebonyi, Imo, and Anambra.
Additionally, increased vigilance is recommended in the states of Kogi, Abia, Kwara, Ondo, Katsina, Niger, Edo, Ondo, Oyo, Rivers, Osun, Ekiti, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited is working closely with local authorities and security agencies to ensure the safety and well-being of its staff members. The company encourages all employees to stay informed about the security situation and adhere to recommended security measures.
For any security concerns or information, employees are advised to contact the company's dedicated security hotline or the local security department.
TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited remains committed to the safety and security of its staff members and will continue to monitor the situation closely, taking necessary actions to mitigate risks.
About TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited:
TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited is a leading energy company operating in Nigeria. The company is dedicated to providing safe and sustainable energy solutions while prioritizing the security and well-being of its employees.