25.1 C

UK, US Say Boko Haram Plans To Kidnap Foreigners In Borno





The United Kingdom and the United States of America have warned that the Boko Haram terrorist group is planning to kidnap foreigners who are rendering humanitarian services in the North East region of Nigeria.

According to the warning by the UK Foreign Office in London, there were reports that the Islamist militants were “actively planning” to seize foreign workers in the Bama local government area of Borno state.

And the US embassy in Abuja in a message to its nationals confirmed that the report was “credible”.

Both said in a travel advice that the affected area was “along the Banki-Kumshe axis”, which is near the border with Cameroon.

This warning is coming amidst assurances by the Nigerian military that there is no resurgence in the camp of the Boko Haram, explaining that there has been a change of strategy in order to effectively wipe out the terrorists.

Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands of women and children, including more than 200 schoolgirls from the Borno town of Chibok in 2014.

- Advertisement -

However, abduction of foreigners by the terrorist group has been rare, the major case being in 2013 when a Boko Haram splinter group, Ansaru, abducted and murdered some foreign workers including an Italian, a Briton, a German, Greek, Lebanese and Syrians.

Leader of Ansaru, Khalid al-Barnawi, has been captured and is currently standing trial on charges of murder and abduction.

At present, international aid workers account for the majority of foreign nationals in North East Nigeria, mostly based in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

More than 2 million people are currently faced with starvation in the region as a result of the insurgency which has prevented the residents from going to their farms and growing food.

Humanitarian agencies operating in Maiduguri include the World Food Programme, WFP, International Organization for Migration and other UN bodies.

Support the ICIR

We invite you to support us to continue the work we do.

Your support will strengthen journalism in Nigeria and help sustain our democracy.


If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Support the ICIR

We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.



Air Peace suspends Johannesburg flights from August 22

AIR PEACE has suspended flight operations from Nigeria to Johannesburg, effective August 22, 2022. In...

NESG asks FG to cut leakages, reduce cost of governance

THE board of directors of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) has directed the...

World Congress of Science and Factual Producers offers scholarships

THE World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) is inviting applications for its...

EFCC arraigns fake Air Force officer over job scam

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a fake Air Force officer,...

How leaked letter over missing funds led to my suspension at CBN — Sanusi

FORMER Emir of Kano Lamido Sanusi has revealed how the leaked confidential letter he...

Most Read


Subscribe to our newsletter