Nigeria Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from Nigeria’s black market. Intelligence and security information collected from government agencies, news articles and other public data sources.

Fraud, corruption and black market smuggling of fuel leads to an estimated loss of $4 Billion a year in Nigeria, according to a legislative committee.

59 million liters of fuel is discharged from vessels across the country, yet only 35 million liters are consumed, leading to 24 million liters being smuggled out of the country.

Source:  James Jukwey, “Nigeria investigates $4 billion fuel subsidy fraud,” Reuters, January 19, 2012.

According to Transparency International, civil servants and government workers in Nigeria accepted $3.2 Billion (450 Billion Naira) in bribes during during the 2010/2011 fiscal year.

(More political corruption examples.)

Source: Isaac Audu, “Civil Servants Took N450 Billion Bribe in 2010, Says TI,”, December 28, 2011.

In 2011, the rate of counterfeit Nokia phones in Nigeria was reported to be 4 percent.

Source: Zakariyya Adaramola, “Counterfeit Phones Reduce to Four Percent in the Country – Nokia,” All Africa, November 14, 2011.


In the first 9 months of 2011, authorities in Malaysia arrested 601 foreign nationals for drug smuggling activities within the country. Citizens from Iran and Nigeria were the countries where most of the citizens who were arrested came from.

In the same time period of 2010, authorities arrested 382 drug smugglers in Malaysia.

Source: Julia Yeow, “Drug Trafficking Arrests Nearly Double in Malaysia,” Jakarta Globe, September 27, 2011.

Unwanted babies are reported to be sold for $4,520 to $6,450 (750,000 to 1 Million Nigerian Naira) to brokers in Nigeria. Many of the women who sell their babies hide their pregnancy from their husbands.

Source: Ishola Balogun, “Baby factories: How pregnancies, deliveries are framed,” Vanguard, September 2, 2011.

According to the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, there are over 10,000 women from Nigeria who were trafficked to Italy to work as prostitutes.

(Additional prostitution statistics.)

Source: Juliana Ruhfus, “The Nigerian Connection,” Al Jazeera, August 11, 2011.

Up to 10 children are sold each day to traffickers in Nigeria, according to the United Nations.

Depending on the sex of the baby, babies are sold for up to $6,400.

(Latest statistics about human trafficking.)

Source: David Smith, “Nigerian ‘baby farm’ raided – 32 pregnant girls rescued,” Guardian, June 2, 2011.

Oil company Shell reported losing 22,310 barrels of oil from 112 incidents of oil smuggling theft and sabotage in 2010.

187 people were arrested by security agents who were invovled in oil smuggling activities. 28 barges, 20 tankers, 15 vehicles and 38 other boats that were invovled in the smuggling of oil was also seized by authorities in 2010.

Source: AFP, “27,580 barrels of Shell oil spilt in Nigeria in 2010,” Google News, May 27, 2011.

600,000 barrels of oil is being loss in Nigeria each year, according to the Maritime Industry Advocacy Initiative.

Based 0n the value of oil on the day of the press report, the annual losses to oil smuggling to Nigeria is $24.64 Billion a year.

Source: Valerie Anofoochi, “N3.7tn lost yearly to illegal bunkering In Nigeria,” Daliy Times, May 20, 2011.

95 percent of all drug arrests in Nigeria in 2009 were for outgoing heroin and cocaine smuggling, according to the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime.

Source: Boco Edet, “Nigeria: 57 Percent of West African Drug Traffickers Are Locals -UNODC,”, March 3, 2011.