Nigeria insurance for the World Economic Forum

6 May 2014

The world is watching Nigeria, with the World Economic Forum taking place in Abuja 7th to 9th May, at time when extremist violence is encroaching on the city and against a background of international outrage at the kidnapping of 234 schoolgirls. 

The militant Islamist group, Boko Haram, has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, its leader saying that the girls should not have been in education and that God has told him to sell them into marriage. 

Boko Haram has been responsible for thousands of deaths since it began in 2002. Its terrorist activities have been mainly focussed on the north-eastern area of Nigeria, where over 1,500 people have been killed in the last four months alone. However in a worrying new development the capital, Abuja, has also been attacked.

On 2 May, 19 people were killed and 60 injured when a car bomb detonated in the suburb of Nyanya. A previous attack, nearby on 14 April, killed 70. Following this Boko Haram released a video, saying: "We are in your city but you don't know where we are." 

In the light of this anyone planning to travel to Abuja for the World Economic Forum should heed Foreign and Commonwealth advice, take extra security precautions and seek specialist advice on Nigeria insurance. Be aware that standard travel insurance will possibly be invalid in the event of the deteriorating security situation. 

Bellwood Prestbury have a wealth of experience in providing specialist Nigeria insurance for people working in high-risk areas and industries throughout Nigeria. Our policies provide robust cover in the event of war or terrorism, and include specialist personal accident, medevac and life insurance. There is a risk of kidnapping throughout the country and Boko Haram are known to target western nationals. In view of this specialist kidnap and ransom insurance should also be considered.

Anyone working at the WEF or in oil and gas and related industries who would like advice as the situation develops is welcome to call our experienced team on +44 (0) 1242 584 888.

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