Hi all. I am looking into information on living in naija. Which part of Lagos to be precise is the safest
Hi all. I am looking into information on living in naija. Which part of Lagos to be precise is the safest
the suburbs are safe-try places like ajegunle,amukoko,orile,empire
-dirty areas though but they are safer than most of these highbrow places.
They are also lawless-free and cheap prostitution joints,drinks at normal prices
and free flow of marijuana.
The only insecurity you'll get in these places comes from the police.
But MEN OF THE UNDERWORLD, NO-They won't bust you.
You can try all this degenerating estates too like Shitta,Jakande etc Quite safe too
[i]@ M.I, DONT MIND THEM. SERIOUSLY THOUGH I WAS THINKING OF WORKING IN P.H WHEN I'M DONE WITH SCHOOL HERE, LAGOS IS THE LAST PLACE ON MY LIST. COULD You ADVICE ME A LITTLE BIT MORE ON LIFE IN P.H, AND THE JOB OPPORTUNITIES.
WHAT KIND OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES DO I HAVE, I'M STUDYING BANKING AND FINANCE/BUSINESS ADMIN. DO You THINK I CAN MAKE A LOT OF MONEY, APART 4RM MY GOD AND FAMILY, THAT IS D MOST IMPORTANT THING 2 ME. AND AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION D COST OF LIVING, HOUSING, ETC DO You THINK I SHOULD GO AHEAD. FINALLY, WHICH PART IS THE BEST TO LOOK 4R JOBS, AND WHICH PART IS BETTER 4R LIVING. THANKS MY EMAIL IS STATED BELOW.
@ MUGABE, SORRY 2 DISSAPOINT. SOUTH AFRICA IS CRAP. IT IS ONLY OVERRATED BECAUSE D WHITE GUYZ ARE INVESTING THERE SO THEY ARE MAKING IT LOOK LIKE IT IS ALL THAT. JUST LIKE JAMAICA, B4 THEY INVESTED THERE, THEY GAVE D PLACE MORE NEGATIVE ADVERT THAN AFRICA. NOW BECOS OF THEIR HOTELS AND EVERYTHING IN D CARRIBEAN, IT IS NOW PARADISE ON EARTH UNTIL THEY DECIDE 2 CHANGE THAT.
it would be unfair for anyone to just conclude that there so many unsafe places in lagos.i think safety is relative.what then can you say about places like johannesburg that is an instrumental city in the almighty south africa.so it's indeed relative.relatve to it;s location ,popultion,infrastuctural facilities and a few other factors,i thing is not a bad place;especially with this democratic dispensation in place.
I ve 2 options for u, i think some folks ar getting things mixed up there if u wanna live in a place where things fall apart like victoria island,lekki,ikoyi and so on does not guarantee maximum safty, but i dnt know ur financial abilty,if high and u need safty go to agege new okoba estate is very peacefull my uncle live there, if low and u need safty call me i will get u a nice place in mushin, opc is all around we have enuff boys in the street to protect ur Bottom from get whupped.
I'm neither a policemen nor in law enforcement,just a "concerned citizen".
If you take a careful look @ the few scenarios I mentioned above,you'll discover that in about 80% of the cases,the victims took some basic security routines for granted.
Safety is of God,as the watchman will watch in vain if God does not watch the city.However God does not want us to be ignorant of the devices of robbers who really are agents of the devil,so read on.
There are a lot of estates,mini estates and blocks of flat with their own localised forms of security network,both on the island and mainland,but people should fashion out their own security plans and let those plans always be in their minds.
Before moving into an apartment in a particular area,you'll have to inspect the property right?this is when you should start,look for those maiguards within the neighbourhood and sound them out.Befriend them and find out from them how the area is generally security-wise,if they've ever experienced cases of robbery (armed or otherwise),if yes,how frequently and look out for a common M.O,as in does it follow a particular pattern.
If they've not recorded any or they've recorded isolated cases and you plan to move in,inquire about your neighbours-to -be,who they are,what they do for their living etc (we've heard of cases in which some landlords led robbers,I mean brought robbers to rob their tenants,same goes for tenants too),if they're okay by your assessment and you decide to move in,CHANGE ALL YOUR ENTRY and EXIT DOORS to steel doors will peepholes(I prefer the ones with tiny mag lenses for obvious reasons).Make sure your doors have multi locks to make them more difficult to open with master keys,allen keys(aka ashewo key),and steel lock chains/steel bolts to lock the doors from within may also be introduced.
If your security man/maiguard does not have a phone,get him one and give him clear instructions,some maiguards have tipped off their bosses about suspicious characters in their neighbourhood,the bosses in turn put calls through to the apt qtrs and bingo,the subsequent surprise raid yielded the arrest of prospective robbers who were actually "casing a joint".
Have unique codes that will alert your security man of your impending arrival so he ensures that you don't need to press your vehicle horn for him to open the gate and for him to make sure that when he opens the gate for you,no uninvited guests drive in after you.Be conscious of your surrounding as you approach home.Check out every body/every vehicle,watch you rear view.
Then,get in touch with the nearest police station/RRS,get to know some key personnel there like the OC surveillance or even the DPO,introduce yourself and tell them you just moved into the area and that you were informed of how they've been assisting residents in the area hence you will like to have the same assistance from them,exchange numbers.Once in a while I normally arrange something for the boys.With this they'll extend their surveillance to your area (both day and night),and should you have any reason to call on them,be sure to get a response.
Since you won't be staying indoors perpetually,don't be a creature of habit,viz don't be predictable,use alternative routes for your shopping,going to/returning from work,club,spa or general outing.At night,always watch your rear view,if you feel a car has been following you for a while form the habit of detouring to shake them off.You could get to a round about and turn round twice,of course if the car turns with you,then you drive staright to the nearest police station after making a call to RRS (YES WHILE DRIVING).
Hope the above will be useful,but there are some other tips that we will share when time permits
Have a blessed weekend
dude,this is another dimension you v brough,r u saying theres nowhere save from armed robbery in lagos?i dont even mind going without light as long as its safe from robbery, how r bout blocks of flat on the island seeing as one will ave a measure of anonymity, are you a policeman or in law enforcement as u seem to have all the details of these robberies and can u pls share what areas are safe for these of us moving to nigeria
Anyway I can see most posters are just guessing and from the look of things a lot of us are unaware of the frequency and M.O of robberies in Lagos.
So I'll just supply the following records from my security diary(I get regular briefs somwhow)
February 14, 2008
On February 14, 2008, at approximately 22.30 hrs, a private house located on Sinari Daranijo Street, Victoria Island (Behind Zenith Bank on Ajose Adeogun Street) was attacked by four armed robbers who over-powered the single security guard on duty. They forced the occupants to lay on the floor and systematically ransacked the house. There were no injuries as the occupants did not resist.
February 15, 2008
On February 15, 2008 at about 1500 hours, 2 armed robbers ridding an Okada (Motorcycle) forced their way into a private residence located on Bourdillon/Falomo road (Near the French Embassy) and robbed the owner of Two Million Naira. There was no police response when called, however no injury was reported.
Sunday February 17, 2008
At about 2220 hours, an expat's rented property on Raymond Njoku (off Awolowo Road , Ikoyi) was attacked by armed robbers. Five armed men gained entry by closely tailgating a company car and escort vehicle (using a blue coloured Toyota Avensis, Reg. No. BB571KKA) when the expat arrived from a trip that evening.
The escort vehicle had broken off to accompany another company vehicle to a separate location, leaving the targeted vehicle to drive alone from Kingsway Road to Raymond Njoku via Falomo Roundabout.
It is believed that the robbers had followed the target vehicle from the Dolphin Estate area, where it was reported that there had been an earlier robbery. Fortunately, no shots were fired and no one was hurt. However, two visitors and a resident had their luggage, phones, wallets, watches, jewelry, shoes etc. stolen.
Lekki - February 18, 2008
At about 02.00 hours, four armed robbers forced their way into a residence in NICON town, Jakande Estate. All the occupants of the house were locked up in one room and the robbers removed jewelry, phones and money. It was reported that no one was injured apart from a woman who was struck on the head with a weapon. RRF team were dispatched to assist local police, who late located the robbers attempting to rob another house in the estate. Shots were exchanged, however the robbers managed to escape by boat.
February 19, 2008.
On February 19, 2008 at about 22.30 hours, Hotel La Coeur, 27c Glover Road Ikoyi was robbed. About 10 persons (Guards and Hotel staff) were locked up in a room while the two Mobile Policemen on duty at the entrance were shot dead. After the robbers had taken money and other valuables from inside the hotel, they attacked an female expatriate who just arrived in a taxi. All her valuables were taken.
Wednesday February 21, 2008
At about 20.15 hours, a vehicle was hijacked and No. 3A Ojora Road , Ikoyi was robbed. It was reported that a gang of 4 armed robbers, driving in a red Toyota Corolla, gained access into the compound by tailgating the resident's vehicle a VW Touareg, while the guards opened the gate. On entering the compound, two of the robbers forced the two security guards to lay on the ground while the other two robbed the two female occupants of the vehicle of their personal belongings. The robbers then drove both vehicles out of the compound. No gun was fired and no injury reported.
Saturday February 23, 2008
At approximately 22.40 hours, armed robbers attacked No. 3/4, 1st Avenue , Ikoyi. It was reported that a gang of 4 armed men, driving a 4x4 vehicle blocked a vehicle at the gate of the compound and robbed the occupants of their personal belongings. No attempt was made to steal the vehicle; no gun shots and no injury recorded. etc.
There were also reported cases of an expat who was robbed at the Glover/Kingsway traffic light and shooting incident at Shoprite Mall on Sunday February 24, 2008; and this list may not be exhaustive.
The mode of operation of the armed robbers is 'tail-gating', i.e driving behind their victim or hanging around the vicinity of the victims’ residence, and as soon as the gates open, they follow the victim inside and hold the security guards at gun point.
It is also observed that most of the robbery incidents took place on weekends (Friday to Sunday). It is therefore advised that we should adjust our lifestyle by reducing late night outings, particularly on weekends. We should also prearrange some agreed "Gate Procedures" with our security guards, e.g. calling the guards to alert them of your arrival and to notify them if there will be more than one vehicle.
Drivers should be briefed on some simply Defensive and Counter Surveillance techniques to aid them when they suspect that they are being followed and the necessary measures to adopt.
There are also reported cases of vehicles snatched from drivers at the Shoprite Mall while they were waiting for their Bosses to finish shopping inside the Mall. Drivers should be instructed to park and leave their vehicles and move to an agreed location, preferably somewhere inside the Mall, until they are called by their Bosses
Did I hear somebody mention old Ikoyi?which Old Ikoyi? I would have said VGC and Osborne,but there are now isolated cases of robbers coming into VGC and escaping through the waterfront(towards the end of Road 2,where we have most of the on-going developments).For Osbourne,except you will remain locked within the estate perpetually cos if you come out @ night and head to your left towards 3rd mainland,you'll have to contend with that dangerous spot near Adeniji,after that you'll still have the entire stretch of 3rd mainland to contend with.If you however decide tohead left towards V.I,hmmmmm,that's even more dangerous as you could run into those robbers that usually lay siege alond Alfred Rewane Rd (Kingsway Rd) or run into those numerous syndicates that operate in Ikoyi @ anttime of the day.
Trust me,I know what I'm saying
pls don't let anyone scare you,
yes safety is of god but you will also need to do ur own part which is what u are doing.
the things you have to consider is ur budget and the life style u intend to live
for example u cant drive 2007 Toyota or Hummer and live in Ojuelegba, or Mushin
Places like Magodo, and very good estates ard Ikeja, Ajah, VI, Lekki, are good places,
Who says Lekki and VI and Ikoyi are safe….my brother very far from it….those are high target areas for robbery……everywhere is a potential robbery area anyways….except the barracks…so if you are considering moving to Lagos….i will say don’t let security be the deciding factor for where you live….security is in the hands of God…there are other factors e.g. proximity to your office (very important cuz Lagos traffic is hell), availability of water, good roads, etc…cheers
Is Lagos safe? I used to leave alone at Ikoyi and i went to bed without even bothering to close my doors(really) it felt very safe.
Recently i moved to Victoria Garden City(Nice house by the lagoon) or so i thought but about six weeks ago armed robbers came into our house about 11.45 pm, robbed us and even shot my Cousin 4 times with an AK-47.
VGC is supposed to be one of the safer sides of Lagos but we were robbrd and i bet you the bad guys did'nt even break a sweat with all the hype and security guards, cops showing of all over the place.
The management of the estate have been trying to play it down cos you know it is bad for business so there you go, hope you do find some "safe" in Lagos but i really thought it.
The festac town block of flats present the best answer to your question. Do the math. One close is made up of six blocks. 3 blocks of 8 flats, 3 blocks of 16 flats, totalling 72 flats. An conservative average of 5 persons per flat. 360 heads in a hood. Most flats possess the very reliable pump action rifle. Bleep the police, Bleep opiaka, no force of robbers can overcome such an area. If the entire lagos is besieged by crooks, they'll never come near the f-town projects. sleep on it.