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Is Aba Unsafe For Expats?

I'm not a Nigerian and have been living in Lagos for sometime now.

Recently got a job offer which requires me to relocate to Aba.

A Nigerian friend advised me to reject this as Aba was not a safe place for expats like us. Is it true?

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Rottweiller,

Sir,you need to live in Aba to get conned!.No need to bring 419 into the matter

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@ mayflower

security wise, Aba and Enugu are both safe for expats. but since u dont want to take any risks, i'd advice u take the Enugu offer. its farther from the dreaded niger delta (like seun suggested. . .lol!) besides, its a more beautiful city than Aba. though Aba is somewhat like Lagos, u know. . . hustle and bustle, commercial activity everywhere, everybody in a hurry.

its your decision at the end of the day anyhow, so choose!

yea, and to get to Port Harcourt from Enugu, you'd have to travel past 3 cities. . . Aba being the third.

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Mayflower,

The question is would stand out in public as you didn't say which country you come from,my guess is if you from an African country nobody would notice and you wouldn't be in anymore danger than the average Aba or Enugu resident but if you are European then my advice you take extra precautions as there are Commercial Militants all over the place.

Better still you can talk to other Ex-pats like yourself for advice.Anyone you can live in Lagos can live in any place in Nigeria

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If your attitude towards safety is anything like mine, you should stay far, far away from the Niger Delta region.

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in that case, go for ENUGU, its by far cleaner and more quiet.

but then, ABA is closer to Port Harcourt. . . which is the city of Expats like urself, easier to breeze in and out!

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Compared to PH, its a haven for exaptriates. abi

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Aba is a free violent place but aba is also a dirty place to be

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Go there and enjoy yourself.

There are plenty of fun there

All the best

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@poster,

Aba is safer for expats than PH,

some oil companies in PH have relocated to Aba and Umuahia due to the uncountable militant attacks in the Niger Delta.

Previously, there were few reported cases of armed robbery and burglary in Aba but recently it is not quite much.

So plan your relocation and start ur new job.

Regards,

Row - Na we get ABA. for more info hit me up for a chat

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My dea Aba is far much safe.

All is ok.Aba is predominantly occupied by Igbos who are more or less into merchandise and are hospitable generally

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Well tell me where's safe in this world, its a false assertion, every society has its own ills, but saying aba is unsafe is an insult to residents of the place because your life isnt more precious than theirs,got friends living there and ve not heard of anything lately.i'd advise you go start your job there and employ the services of a local that can always help you around there. BE CAREFUL THOUGH!

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since you have lived in lagos, aba would be ok,

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Please disregard all the negative comments you might have heard concerning Aba. I bet you'll come to realise that Aba is a lot safer than most other big cities. I woldn't advise you to decline your deployment, because it will pay you to explore other part of this beautiful country. Just in case you make up your mind and get into town, you can PM me and I'll be glad to make your aquaintance and show you round.

Good Luck!

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@Ynot,

Yea, you said it: used to.

because Citi Bank operations in Nigeria got Indiginized because of Soludization of Nigerian Banks

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Yea, you said it: used to.

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I wonder why some folks spew fear and falsehood. If you can live in Lagos or major cities in Nigeria, Aba ranks higher in terms of Security.

Most big Naija companie have presence in Aba, Guiness, NB Plc,Unilever, and Co. I think Citi Bank used to have an office in Aba like wise IEA.

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You are going to Aba? hmmmm, beware of the bakaasi boys. They can deliver jungle justice at a whim. Besides, Aba is about to be waterlogged. Its so sad the ngwa habitats refused to do something about it.

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where u come from? Garden of Eden?

I have lived in many major cities of this World, and I tell u, Aba ranks very low in violence compared to NY, ATL, HOUSTON, LA, CHICAGO, TORONTO, LONDON, AMSTERDAM, LAGOS, KANO, JHN_BURG, MUMBAI, etc.

I know a lot of foreign expertriates working in and around ABA, but if u write the word Expat and place it on ur forehead, even a dummy will acknowledge the presence of another.

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Are the mean streets of new york a safe place? what of the streets of san fran or LA? What of Boston or Atlanta?

Of course, no where is totally safe. It is all about where you live. If you are that concerned, perhaps you should talk to your employers about having them provide security. Better yet, they should hire a local, who is intimate with the area, to do whatever job you are being sent there to do.

I hope this helps.

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aba is not a safe place but then again which city in naija is. people are still living in aba so you try to do what they do to survive. if your pay is going to be bigger then you can relocate to aba, or if there is something you wish to achieve there but apart from there, you better find another place

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