Avoiding crime when visiting Nigeria
|November 28, 2012||Posted by Vishal under Nigeria Business Visa, Nigeria Visa Application||
Violent crimes encountered on the streets, such as muggings, car-jacking incidents, armed robberies and especially kidnappings, continue at a relative high pace in the southern part of Nigeria; not excepting rest of the country, on a whole. Current situation in even the far less violent parts of Lagos, especially for those carrying a Nigeria visa, can rapidly change; with reports of periodic car-related and street crimes.
Majority of these attacks in the city take place after dark, usually from 10pm onwards. Foreign visitors on a Nigeria visa are therefore reminded to refrain from all unnecessary late hour travel in Lagos, especially if these Nigeria visa holders plan travelling to the suburbs. You must always keep alert and maintain maximum vigilance. Furthermore, you must strictly abide by any and all advice given to you either by your employers, if you are a Nigeria visa holder permitted to seek employment locally, or by your host in Nigeria. Foreign visitors, who are on a Nigeria visa, must always refrain from carrying very large sums of cash and/or wearing expensive jewelry, watches or other items that possess sentimental value for them. Keep vigilant watch on everyone who is in your immediate vicinity and stay extra alert at all times. Should you for any reason sense some danger around you, quickly move to areas you consider a lot more secure and safer. Never make an attempt to resist or show uncalled for bravery, when travelling on a Nigeria visa.
As of very recent, several cases related to kidnappings and robberies have been reported from Edo, Abia as well as Anambra States. Of particular note have been the ones along the Onitsha-Awka-Enugu Expressway in the Anambra States mentioned above. Those, holding Nigeria visa and travelling by road, should exercise extreme caution while driving away from major cities; must avoid journeys that particularly involve night time travel; and as far as possible restrict their travelling preferably to larger convoys.
Experience and common sense dictates that if anyone foreigner with a Nigeria visa should ever have the misfortune of being involved in the event of an armed attack or robbery, the wisest thing to do would be to incontestably comply with every demand of the attacker, regardless of any other considerations at that particular moment. As proof, those travelers holding Nigeria visa who regrettably became victims of such an event, had to undergo severe injuries or even worst, when they apparently seemed not to have complied quickly enough or fully with such demands. An appreciably large majority of foreign travelers with a Nigeria visa, who had the misfortune of having to endure this traumatic experience, were sensible enough to abide by this advice, and therefore managed to get away without suffering any prolonged physical harm.
This post was written by Vishal Mavadia, Business Director Visa Services London.