Insecurity:U. S Consulate Warns Nationals On Increase In Robberies/Smash-And-Grabs On Lagos Roads

Richard Ginika Izuora  The US Consulate General in Lagos, on Tuesday, April 27, issued a warning to its citizens to avoid Lagos due to “a notable increase in crime in Lagos.”  The statement was issued via the website of the USA Consulate General.  According to the statement, “reports of robberies/smash-and-grabs on the roads by armed men have increased significantly on both Ikoyi and Victoria Island.  “Typically, men on a motorcycle will follow a vehicle until it stops at a traffic light or intersection; then approach the vehicle, present a weapon, and rob the occupants.  “Although most of these incidents happen at night; the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos has received reports of robberies taking place during daylight hours.”  The US Consulate further listed some precautions to be undertaken by its citizens planning to travel to Nigeria.  “The following personal safety tips can help reduce your risk of becoming a victim.  Keep vehicle doors locked and windows rolled up at all times while driving, especially in traffic jams or at traffic lights. Avoid driving alone at night and do not stop to help strangers on the road. Ensure that valuables such as cash, laptops, phones, cameras, bags, etc. are kept out of sight. Park your vehicle in areas that are well lit. Survey the area around your vehicle before you approach and be aware of suspicious people. Try to use main roads and avoid taking side roads at night. Do not carry original documents such as your passport unless necessary. Do not walk alone at night. Carry only the amount of cash you will need. The Consulate General also recommended that everyone consider the necessity of travel after 22:00.

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