Kidnap for Ransom

March 11, 2013 |  by  |  Linkedin Blog, Security

March 10th 2013 and another kidnapping of foreign workers in Africa. This time by Ansaru a splinter group of Boko Haram who are the Nigerian North’s main terrorist organisation.

Although yet to be officially confirmed, Ansaru an Islamist terror group claims it has executed seven foreign construction workers they kidnapped. One of them is believed to be British.

Since the beginning of the new millennium kidnap for ransom or K&R has experienced a significant increase globally. More terrorist and organised crime gangs are resorting to kidnap for ransom as their primary source of revenue generation.

SecurityA K&R Security Expert at suggests that kidnap victims are no longer just politically connected; there is a tendency for victims to be from a business background, or even just tourists on holiday.

Although there is no such concept as 100% security, there are three countermeasures to help increase your security and reduce the possibility of being kidnapped for ransom.

1. Security training incorporating threat awareness and threat assessment.
2. Close protection training and live services.
3. Kidnap for ransom Insurance, known as K&R Insurance. Public perception generally places K&R at the very top of political and corporate activities. In reality K&R is available for business representatives and everyday tourists. It is often not as expensive as people are led to believe.

Case Study:

On September 17th the Press and Journal newspaper reported a British businessman Mike Welford was recently kidnapped for ransom during an escalation of violence in Nigeria. He was captured in the southern town of Port Harcourt, an important centre for the oil industry. Mr Welford was said to have been alone in his home when gunmen took him. It was unknown if Mr. Welford had received any prior security awareness or counter kidnap training.

The 65-year-old was reported to have lived in Nigeria for a number of years, and recently set up his own business. The incident happened amid reports of increased violence during the week in Nigeria’s Delta region. Earlier in the week militant group The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) said it had destroyed a major Shell oil facility.

A series of clashes between militants and Nigerian troops had also been reported in recent days. Militants said they were fighting for the rights of the people of the oil-producing Niger Delta, who mostly live in poverty. Their attacks have cut Nigeria’s oil production by around 20% even before this week’s violence. *

The Foreign Office said it was working closely with the Nigerian authorities, who are leading the investigation.

The best advice I can offer anyone who travels overseas for business or pleasure to purchase kidnap for ransom or K&R Insurance cover. Security should remain a number one priority for businesses sending employees overseas to work. Business directors are now liable under the corporate manslaughter for failing to provide adequate security training and security measures to ensure the safety of their employees.

Professional security consultants can provide business threat assessments, security training, security and close protection services for clients travelling overseas.

Kidnap for ransom or K&R Insurance is typically offered to business executives, media, VIP’s and tourists from Lloyds of London or from one of their global Insurance brokers.* Source AOL 17-9-2008.

For corporate or personal security advice contact Dr. Mark D. Yates The British American Security Expert at

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Dr. Mark D. Yates

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