There is considerable instability in many regions within Nigeria and an increased risk of terrorist attacks. Most attacks occur in the northeast, but attacks could happen anywhere. Major urban centers remain, particularly at risk. Attacks have taken place around religious and public holidays in public or crowded places, including places of worship.
There is a high threat of kidnap throughout Nigeria. Recent terrorist kidnaps have occurred mostly in northern Nigeria but could happen anywhere in the region. Kidnaps can be for financial or political gain and can be motivated by criminality or terrorism. Violent crime is common.
Road travel across Nigeria can be unpredictable and dangerous. Authorized and unauthorized vehicle checkpoints are situated on major roads and throughout the region. Humanitarian workers have been targeted in recent years by criminals operating the checkpoints. If you are unfamiliar with the environment, it is unlikely you will recognize which is a legitimate security control and which is for crime.
Road conditions in Nigeria are poor, and potholes are prolific. Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs) are frequent, and fatality rates are high due to the inadequate and crumbling state of roads. Major roads with high volumes of vehicle travel present a dangerous threat to travelers from criminals operating in the area. Common crimes include accessing vehicles when traffic is forced to slow down, or if your vehicle has stopped in heavy traffic. Criminals are known to steal valuables and armed violence cannot be ruled out.
Public transport is dangerous and should be avoided at all times. Vehicles are poorly maintained, and drivers are unqualified. Strongly consider secure transportation when transiting in Lagos and throughout Nigeria. A non-armoured SUV accompanied by a security driver and close protection officer will reduce the risk of being involved in dangerous or threatening situations. If traveling outside of Lagos or during the evenings, MOPOL are advised to travel in convoy at all times.
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