For those of us working in Lagos or who have family /friends there, we just got a relevant security alert which is forwarded below.
Please note and also share.
*LAGOS - URGENT SECURITY ADVISORY*
Risk Level: High
Alert Date: 28Sep2021
Alert Time: 13:30hrs
Source: Eons Intelligence
DETAILS: Kidnappers are on the prowl as Lagos witnessed 3 kidnapping incidents yesterday 27Sep2021:
1) An Air Vice Marshall, Sikiru Oladimeji Smith (rtd) was kidnapped at a worksite near Blenco Mall in Ajah circa 6pm and taken away in a speedboat towards Ikorodu.
2) Another victim was kidnapped at Admiralty way Lekki on his way from work and whisked away to an unknown destination, while
3) A prominent RCCG pastor and his wife were kidnapped while returning from a function at Dopemu-Agege, and whisked away in their car.
The gunmen later released the wife to source for a N50m ransom (brought down from the initial N100m demanded).
The above are sequel to the kidnapping of Mr Kingsley Ogbuagu at the Roman Catholic Church of Visitation, Festac Town, on the previous day (Sunday).
Mr Ogbuagu was about to enter the church after parking his vehicle, when he was forced into an unmarked Lexus SUV car by masked gunmen and driven away.
ADVISORY: Situational and personal awareness and high level of alertness is very strongly advised.
SOME SAFETY/ SECURITY TIPS
A) When driving in Lagos traffic, keep your windows up and doors locked.
B) Do not pick or stop to talk to strangers.
If you must ask for directions, enter a secure public place to ask eg fuel station or shopping mall. Alternatively, use Google Maps to get directions.
C) If you notice that your vehicle is being trailed, drive to the nearest security post having armed personnel eg Police Station, Military checkpoint etc.
D) Avoid staying out late as much as possible.
E) Do not engage in public/ostentatious display of wealth eg expensive jewellery, spraying money at ceremonies etc.
F) If your vehicle is rear-ended (ie hit by the vehicle coming from behind) for no apparent reason on a road that is not busy, do not stop immediately.
Drive to a very safe place before stopping to check.
G) Do thorough background check on domestic staff such as drivers, nannies, cooks, gardeners, cleaners etc before you employ them.
H) Treat your staff decently and fairly, to ensure trust /loyalty and reduce likelihood of criminal infiltration.
I) Be cautious in the use of social media. Do not post security-sensitive info about yourself, your family /friends, or your movements.
Please stay safe!