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27.04.2021 news US Consulate Worried by ‘Notable Increase in Crime’ in Lagos

Published 27th Apr, 2021

By Gabriel Ogunjobi

The  United States Consulate General in Lagos has alerted Nigerians of the country to the “notable increase in crime in Lagos”, particularly Ikoyi and Victoria Island.

According to a security alert issued on Tuesday, the Consulate noted that there were reports that Ikoyi and Victoria Island had become notorious for incidents of smash-and-grabs and robberies in recent times. 

“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,” read the statement.

“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.”

READ ALSO: VIDEO: Dashcam Exposes Night-Time Traffic Robber in Lagos

To avoid being a victim, the U.S. Consulate, therefore, asked the public to avoid trips beyond 10pm unless very necessary. It warned the public against helping strangers on the road during nightfall.

On other precautions, the statement read:

“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.”

On other actions to take, it said: “Be aware of your surroundings. Keep a low profile. Stay alert in public places, including schools, hospitals, government facilities, places of worship, tourist locations, and transportation hubs.

“Review and alter travel routes and times to reduce time and place predictability. Avoid crowds and demonstration. Exercise caution when walking or driving at night. Carry proper ID. Review your personal security plans. Monitor local media for updates. Review the Travel Advisory for Nigeria.”

In a related development, the Lagos State Police Command recently deployed 1,000 policemen to the flashpoints and along most of the major routes in the state in order to check traffic robbery.

Published 27th Apr, 2021

By Gabriel Ogunjobi

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