Spearfish West Africa

‘International expertise guided by local knowledge’ -

Mat Schraeder, Head of Partnerships and Training


  • The region's security situation is complex and varied, linked to difficult political and economic conditions across West Africa.  As Boko Haram continue to disrupt Nigeria's north-east, other jihadist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State are active across the Sahel, particularly in Mali taking advantage of poor governance. 

  • At the same time West Africa is benefiting from increasing levels of foreign aid, in turn resulting in more businesses starting or scaling up operations in new and existing markets.

  • SWA can help enable your business to understand and operate in these complex environments. 


  • Spearfish has been operating throughout Nigeria for over six years. We opened our Spearfish West Africa (SWA) office in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2018. This permanent base is the natural evolution of our continued and expanding presence in the region.

  • SWA is well-placed to support those facing security issues in countries such as: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Príncipe and Togo


  • The SWA team provide expert assistance to facilitate access into the wider region.  We have the capability to support your operations in the country, either supporting your existing team, or as a bespoke outsourced solution.

  • Our core services include

Risk Assessments and Security Planning

HEAT, First Aid and Driver Training

Journey Management

Crisis Management and Evacuation

Vehicles and Accommodation Immigration and Logistics

  • We have also provided wider support including Security Design, Investigations and Due Diligence, Maritime Security and Occupational Health and Safety services.


  • Having a permanent team in West Africa permits a continual and stable presence in the region.  Based in Abuja, we are closer to client operations and in turn providing a more direct level of support for security planning, operations management and incident response.

  • With our existing in-country team and their access and presence throughout Nigeria, with a specific focus on the North-East and the South, we are well placed to offer expert, locally led support as and when needed.

  • Our UK head office adds capacity to SWA, leveraging our international experience to inject a deeper pool of knowledge to supplement our solutions for our clients.  SWA can bring the highest international standards to our customers, delivered by our local experts.