According to the OSAC (U.S. State Department) 2016 Crime & Safety Report the Crime Rate in Lagos is rated as CRITICAL.Threats to international travelers throughout Nigeria include armed robbery, home invasions, muggings, assaults, burglaries, carjacking, sexual assault, rape, kidnappings, and extortion.
International foreigners may be targeted due to anti U.S./Western sentiments relating to the exploitation of Nigeria’s mineral and energy reserves, and for the perception of wealth.Areas in major cities such as Lagos and Abuja experience periodic violent clashes between rival street gangs known as ‘Area Boys.’
The terrorist threat remains at an increased level (HIGH) especially in Northern Nigeria, with indigenous and foreign terrorist groups maintaining the ability and willingness to launch attacks without warning. Wide spread corruption and misuse of government, military and LEA resources provides little or no counter-terrorist efforts.
Road conditions in most parts of Nigeria are poor, with many of the road systems being in a state of disrepair. The poor highways are compounded during the rainy season (March – August and September – October), with many outlying roads becoming unusable during this time.
Driving standards are a major concern with non-existent/non-enforced traffic laws and erratic driving which often lead to road traffic accidents and incidents. These incidents tend to attract large crowds of pedestrians and other road users especially if a westerner is observed inside the vehicle. This can lead to threatening behavior towards westerners and opportunity for criminal activity.
All security companies operating in Nigeria use the government security forces to provide an Armed element. It is illegal for security companies to provide armed security. The Nigerian Government prohibits civilians from having fire arms, fire arms are only carried by government forces ie. Nigerian Police/Mopol; Navy and Military. However, the government does allow security companies to use government security forces by applying through the IG’s office (Head of Police). Once the approval is done, a company can request for as many men as they require within reason. These men report to the company on a daily basis, the Government charges a monthly fee to the company.
Execsecure utilize a supplier with all correct and legal licensing. We provide the Security Driver and CPO/S and direct the police while on our missions.
Points to Note:
In areas outside of the city’s area where the government does not have a strong presence, terrorist and criminal groups are highly active and have more opportunity to rob and kidnap travelers.
Please contact us to speak with an ExecSecure Consultant for local, best practice methodology, and advice regarding what vehicles, security and set-up to consider. The threat situation changes constantly and personal risk tolerances and situations change between clients.
Certain itineraries within Lagos may not require extensive security. However, we welcome the opportunity to provide advice based on our experience and local knowledge.