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Consulate General in Lagos does not assume responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the persons or firms appearing in this report. Thieves will break the vehicle’s window or simply reach in and grab items while a vehicle stops in traffic.
In addition, mainland portion of Lagos has experienced periodic outbreaks of violence, resulting from clashes among localized street gangs known as “Area Boys.”Armed robbers have targeted occupants in vehicles; smash-and-grab robberies are common, with thieves canvassing stopped vehicles for valuables.
Perpetrators have scaled perimeter walls, followed residents/visitors, and/or subdued guards to gain entry.
Armed robbers in Lagos have invaded waterfront compounds and businesses by boat, using waterways as a means of escape.
When stuck in traffic, always lock doors and roll up windows.
Hawkers sell goods in between the lanes of traffic during rush hour, and indigent people beg aggressively at car windows at major intersections and may knock on the vehicle window or try to open doors.
Most roads are not illuminated at night, making travel after dark particularly hazardous.
Department of State Travel Advisory at the date of this report’s publication assesses Nigeria at Level 3, indicating travelers should reconsider travel to the country due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and piracy. The American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit cannot recommend a particular individual or location and assumes no responsibility for the quality of service provided. Victims should cooperate if an armed assailant or carjacker approaches; resistance may invite violence.
The lack of medical response and adequate trauma facilities is a major concern.
Kidnappers have ambushed vehicles stopped at checkpoints or other obstructions in the roadway.
There is only limited and minimally effective enforcement of laws by local traffic officials. Drivers of all nationalities may experience harassment and shakedowns at vehicle checkpoints and during other encounters with officials.
Vehicle occupants should always remain polite, slow down, and acknowledge police or military at checkpoints.
Traffic lights and signs, lanes, and highway divisions are often nonexistent or frequently unheeded where they do exist.