Dan Hooton, Spearfish's MD visits Abuja ahead of Nigerian Elections

Following close on the heels of our Senior Security Advisor, Darren’s visit the week before, I spent last week in Abuja with the team checking on our preparations for the forthcoming election period.  A strange air of uncertainty had descended on Nigeria, with no one quite sure as to how the next few weeks will play out.  Would the voting pass off peacefully, or will a closely contested vote descend into a battle of lawlessness and instability?  The truth is that no one really knows and that the best thing to do was to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

Our team in Abuja, Gombe and Bauchi have all spent the last two months busily ensuring that our clients (and our own) business continuity and evacuation plans have all been written but more importantly, adequately resourced.  A policy of restricting travel plans, working from home and having robust contingency plans in place for civil unrest and medical emergency have formed our main mitigation strategies, achieving the fine balance of keeping people out of harm's way whilst allowing their businesses to operate to as near to normal as possible during the elections.

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Our team in Abuja, Gombe and Bauchi have all spent the last two months busily ensuring that our clients (and our own) business continuity and evacuation plans have all been written but more importantly, adequately resourced. 

A policy of restricting travel plans, working from home and having robust contingency plans in place for civil unrest and medical emergency have formed our main mitigation strategies, achieving the fine balance of keeping people out of harm's way whilst allowing their businesses to operate to as near to normal as possible during the elections.

For more information about the type of services we can provide please contact us or visit our website site spear-fish.com.

Spearfish Senior Security Advisor visit to Abuja

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Darren Kelly, our Senior Security Advisor has been spending this week with our Spearfish West Africa Team.  

Good to be back in Abuja visiting the project teams. It's a wonderfully vibrant city with a lot going on and the people are so welcoming and friendly. 

A successful 4 days with the client in the run up to the elections in Nigeria. We've spent the time covering contingency planning, medical evacuation and relocation strategies for the various projects operating across the country. In addition we've reviewed journey management procedures and crisis planning. The teams have worked extremely hard and it's been a hugely worthwhile trip to ensure that everything is place and ready to go if required. 

Spearfish sponsor Royal Navy Cresta Team - 2019 Inter-Services Championships

Once again Spearfish have sponsored the Royal Navy Cresta Team (in a very small fashion) who are racing tomorrow in their annual Inter-services Championship against the Army and the Air Force, results can be found here tomorrow afternoon after the race! Good Luck Everyone

#Royal Cresta Team #Inter-Services Championships

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Nigeria National Election Planning

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Happy New Year from the offices in the UK and our Spearfish West Africa team based here in Abuja. The Nigerian National Elections are fast approaching and we understand this is the time when a company takes its duty of care to its employees extremely seriously. Our advisors are ready and able to assist with your contingency planning and can develop a bespoke plan to be able to respond to unforeseen and/or unplanned events that can impact operations and life whether it be at work or at home.

 We have a depth of knowledge and experience in providing crisis management and response training, business continuity planning and direct support to your country teams. Spearfish has been operating in Nigeria for the last five years and has a good understanding of the current situation country-wide. Our Abuja based team are able to work directly with you and your teams providing a tailored level of service and support.

 Below is a snapshot of the services we currently provide. All services are fee-based with the exception of our daily email alerts which we offer for free.

  • Collated and distributed by SF members every day by 1100hrs.

  • 2-3 lines outlining incident/event with hyperlink to original open-source report.

  • Information is confirmed to be reported in at least 2 verifiable 3rd party sources.

  • Free subscription

 TWICE MONTHLY COUNTRY-WIDE REPORT

  • Produced in-house by Spearfish members & delivered every Friday AM.

  • In-depth write-up on specific events/incidences that may produce a significant impact in country.

  • Can be client AoR focused.

  • Fee-based subscription

 CONSULTANCY SUPPORT

  • Bespoke Spearfish consultancy support to help establish or review & revise the following:

  • Business Continuity Planning (BCP)

  • Enhanced Standard Operating Procedures 

  • Determine critical staff, procedures, etc. 

  • Info bulletins, Phone trees

  • Crisis & Incident Management Planning (CIMP)

  • Who does What in the event of….

HIBERNATION, RELOCATION & EVACUATION (HRE) PLANNING & PREPARATION

  • Communications 

  • Safe Havens 

  • Stocking emergency items 

  • Travel 

  • Journey management planning

  • Immigration protocol

IN- DEPTH ANALYSIS & BRIEFING AND/0R PRESENTATIONS  

  • Client focused areas of operations security analysis

  • Fee-based subscription

For more information about these services listed please get in touch directly Mat Schreader or Neal Peckham.