Crime in Lagos, Nigeria

Crime rates in Lagos, Nigeria

Level of crime
73.02 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
63.64 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
65.15 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
66.27 High
Worries car stolen
61.92 High
Worries things from car stolen
66.92 High
Worries attacked
63.81 High
Worries being insulted
59.23 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
54.69 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
63.08 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
67.97 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
74.23 High
Problem corruption and bribery
85.38 Very High

Safety in Lagos, Nigeria

Safety walking alone during daylight
44.14 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
26.89 Low

Contributors: 67

Last update: September 2017

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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37 Comments so far

#Tom on Jul 08, 2017 :
If you care about your personal safety, don't come to Nigeria and especially don't come to Lagos. It is hell on earth with muggers, scammers, rapists, drug dealers, and thugs in literally just about every corner. While the natives already have it bad in terms of safety, foreigners are targeted at a much higher rate.

Very common are stories of tourists and expats being mugged or randomly beaten up in their first few days, foreign women being raped openly in public places (often by multiple people), expats living in gated communities still becoming victims of violent home invasion, expats being mugged or kidnapped by the supposedly trustworthy car service driver their company hired for them, and of course, stories or foreigners being mugged and beaten up... by the police. Even using common sense like hiding your valuables, not travelling alone, and not going out at night is not enough to keep you safe. If you are a foreigner, you are in danger no matter what in Nigeria. This is especially true if you are White or Asian.

If you are ever offered a job in Lagos, even if for only a few months, just say no! Granted a few expats do make it out unscathed, but they are the exception rather than the norm. The majority regret it.
#Anonymous on Jun 21, 2017 :
Lagos is a very dangerous city. But that is to be expected. The truth about Nigeria is that it is a criminal factory. If you want to live a peaceful, safe life then do yourself a favor and avoid Nigeria (and most of Africa) like the plague (which is present in Nigeria).

I can't tell you how many tourists and expats have been scammed, mugged at gun/knife point, kidnapped for ransom, randomly assaulted, raped, and murdered (or all of the above)in this horrible place. The Nigerian police can't really be counted on in that they are super incompetent and often engage in criminal activity themselves.
#Anonymous on Jun 12, 2017 :
"Made a friend from Facebook just a few days. He claimed to be a British. Two days later he said he was in Lagos, Nigeria for a local government project. Then the next day he started the project, he got rob in the hotel. Asking for financial help. He claimed he was offered 24 hours protection from police in the charge of 1000 per month. Is it common that white people are always targeted. It seems completely a scam. I wondered why the local govt, the British embassy and the local church could not offer him any help ? He told me he hurt his hand in the incident, but he messenger me a lot, asking for financial help! OMG, I seem to be a fool that trust this scam? A Nigerian phone number was provided at the same time. Please advise if this kind of scam is always there in Lagos?"

Theres a sucker born every minute. I worked at Moneygram. I could not believe how many stupid people kept sending money to Nigeria in the name of scams.
#Unknown on May 15, 2017 :
Don't write a book about Lagos if you don't know anything about it!
#Cassandra Jefferson on Mar 13, 2017 :
I've never been to Lagos but I'm currently writing a book about it. This place is the same as cities in the states. The crime is the same all over the world. For those of you that are complaining, you should've done your homework before you left home. Also, most of the people there are trying to survive. When is the last time that one of you gave them anything. We as Americans waste food, throw away clean paper, and have a garage full of stuff that is not needed. If everyone here picked one person over there . Sponsor them with the money that we gain for crap in our houses yards and garages, the world will be a better place. I spend 50 dollars a month in fast food. I might as well sponsor someone because that fast food is going to kill me anyway. If you send money over there you have done your part. Let the Lord handle it from there.
#joe on Jun 01, 2016 :
Hello, there is an american citizen named Samantha that is seeking help to get back home. She was robbed at the royal apple hotel and is currently outside gate of the hotel as she has been kicked out because the man robbed her and she has no money to pay hotel for food or to pay airport fees to leave that country. She says U.S. embassy will not help. I thought that was why they are there?
#Atk Samsung on Apr 13, 2016 :
While I am not trying to discredit your effort at informing people or travelers about crime level in cities around the world, I must point out that using the word "crime rates" is extremely misleading. Rates has to do with numbers and frequency of events, and I know that the Nigerian Police or any Nigerian agency does not have a crime database. So, what you are putting here is quite misleading. It's all perception. I compared what you have down for Lagos to what you show for Abuja, and that confirms my opinion. You rate Abuja "Very High" for many of the indexes that you rated "High" for Lagos. Really? Abuja happen to be one of the safest part of Nigeria.

And you showed "High" for being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion, in Lagos. This is a farce.
#Ylm on Dec 22, 2015 :
Made a friend from Facebook just a few days. He claimed to be a British. Two days later he said he was in Lagos, Nigeria for a local government project. Then the next day he started the project, he got rob in the hotel. Asking for financial help. He claimed he was offered 24 hours protection from police in the charge of 1000 per month. Is it common that white people are always targeted. It seems completely a scam. I wondered why the local govt, the British embassy and the local church could not offer him any help ? He told me he hurt his hand in the incident, but he messenger me a lot, asking for financial help! OMG, I seem to be a fool that trust this scam? A Nigerian phone number was provided at the same time. Please advise if this kind of scam is always there in Lagos?
#Jude on Dec 10, 2015 :
The most wealthy Africans Americans might be Nigerian but Nigerian known as thief in the world that is why no one can trust them they will begging u to send them money by giving donations next thing u know he bank account is zero... That is why the US stop the lottery green card for Nigerian coz they thief.... Nigerians hummm nope please don't visit nigeria ...Nigerians angry about us citizens I don't why ....
#Jude on Dec 10, 2015 :
Worst place to visit I got Rob in the hotel .. while I was going they took my rental took my passport and took my money as a us citizen or any country citizen nigeria is not a place to visit ...peeps there are rude and always begging ....
#Sisi Eko on Oct 28, 2015 :
Its a pity that some of you are ignorant and choose to remain so, how you would just condemn the whole of Lagos bugs me. There is no city in the world without its issues. We hear in the news everyday of people including children shooting others without provocation, racial killings, serial killers etc, yet we have not concluded that all Americans are gun-slingers and when you want to go there wear a bullet-proof vest! I think you always want to hear the worst about African cities because it makes you feel better about yourselves and give you something to talk about.
#alex on Sep 21, 2015 :
2 Isheri Rd Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria...
Is anyone lives near this above address? Pls let me know. I need help.
#alex on Sep 21, 2015 :
Hi recently I introduced a lady in Nigeria through the website. We love each other but I only see her some photos. She never come to the call or vdo call,but she told me to send money to buy a camera phone and then she will come to the Skype call. But I can't trust her. Should I send her money?
#Kumar on Aug 18, 2015 :
I got the job from Lagos, Nigeria....i got married....They provide 1300 USD only and free food and accomodation....Is it enough/ safe place/ living cost?

Kindly advise....
#ms bello on Aug 04, 2015 :
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#john on Aug 01, 2015 :
I laugh when I see the indian people on here talking bad about lagos, I have visited delhi and mumbai, the nerve of you people to talk about lagos they way you are have you seen the state of your country and your major cities, and you have the nerve to talk about another man's city, lagos is wayyy better that all your major cities joined together. You need to clean the dirt in your eyes before you clean the dirt in another person eye. Its a shame that some of the leaders in Nigeria are greedy if they operated with a little more sensitivity Nigerian economy can run the whole of Africa without a doubt. the most wealthy Black people in the world including African Americans are from Nigeria I know this because I have seen this first hand with my own eyes.
#john on Aug 01, 2015 :
All the people who say lagos is a dangerous place are just ignorant and foolish, I have lived in London, newyork, washington and newcastle. All these cities I have mentioned have a high gun crime rate where you can be shot in broad day light and the worst the perp would get is a sentence, when I lived in Lagos i often went to loads of social parties where the people I met where very nice and welcoming, you can party as you like as long as you dont do foolish things like walking in the ghetto at foolish o clock, I am a white English man and i have never been assulted in lagos whereas in London I have been assulted multiple times, people should stop talking nonsence, everywhere in the world there are rich middle class and poor people depending on where you live and how you treat people you would be served what you ask for. In my opinion Nigerians are the happiest people on this planet because even the poor people without riches are rich at heart, its a shame that my fore fathers came to this beautiful country to take away all their resources and have the nerve to speak bad about them.
#good man on Apr 03, 2015 :
i really need help and advice please?? my fiance !my true fiance we are both American has been held captive in Nigeria almost 3 years now and been abducted twice! ive paid ransoms and dealt w corrupt officers and contacted the Feds here when first happened and all said scam which is not! long story short shes lucky to be aliove and free now and being kept safe after being dumped away from Murtala mohammed airport where she was originally taken! RIGHT NOW SHE HAS NO PASSPORT OR VISA ANY I.D WHICH WAS TAKEN FROM HER ALONG W HOPES TO MAKE IT BACK TO OUR HOME IN LOS ANGELES ! please advice anyone its a long real story but i need her back home ASAP! bLESSINGS ALL!
#vivek on Mar 30, 2015 :
Monthly living expenses for husband and wife (No smoking, drinking)
#vivek on Mar 30, 2015 :
For a family of husband and wife what are the monthly expenses?(No smoking , no drinking)
#Parteek gandhi on Mar 27, 2015 :
I have offer from Nigeria , Asaba,Please help what is crime rate there i have got a job there in steel plant please reply some
#Anonymous on Mar 20, 2015 :
Somebody please provide current situation of Lagos in terms of cost of living, medical facilities, social life, safety etc.?
#Kendzi on Mar 11, 2015 :
I live in this city and I find it hard to believe this statistic to be true. Maybe to foreigners, but I actually feel safe in all parts of Lagos.
#Anonymous on Feb 28, 2015 :
Don't know much about Lagos. But is definitely a scam artist city. Very desperate for money and to scam ppl at any cost even if it means using force.
#Stephen on Nov 06, 2014 :
What is the statistic crime rate in Nigeria for oct,20134
#Samy on Sep 08, 2014 :

I am samy from India please share lagos cost of living.
#Anonymous on Aug 18, 2014 :
Hi, i have got an offer from Lagos, Nigeria, can anyone help me in understanding crime , safety and living information in lagos.

#danski on Jul 29, 2014 :
Mr. Khan,

I was just working there and had to leave quickly due to the strong threat of kidnapping. Regardless of my situation that occurred, I would not recommend going there. It was interesting to see but the conditions are terrible along with the crime. you can't drink the water or eat any food that is washed in the water (unless it is cooked afterward). The power goes out at least a dozen times per day and for any type of a decent life, it's very expensive. If you do go, I strongly recommend to have an armed security guard and driver and NEVER travel at night. As for me, there isn't enough money in any company's wallet to lure me back. I will never return to Nigeria. Good luck and hopefully more than the President by the same name.
#stfu hoe on Jul 28, 2014 :
lagos is an amazing place, just know ehre you are going don't got to places like agege or obalende especially if youre white, stay in places like ikoyi lekki vgc etc. so if you hating on this sick ass country somethings wrong with yo ass
#Mr. khan on Jun 17, 2014 :
Hi this is mr khan. From india. Now im fix a situation. That I got a call from nigeria (Lagos) as a food technologist specialy in Bakeri industries. I m in dilemma. That I should go there or not? Sombody pls help me. Because i m worried. Abut the crime of nigeria.
#Clasina Verheul on May 17, 2014 :
I have my partner over there I'm worried he's not safe with the proems going on. Will he be safe there he's over there for work
#juraj on Apr 17, 2014 :
Lagos is very dangerous and dirty place. But compared to most of other african countries or even some african american cities, its above average. However caution is recomended if you want to pay a visit. I wouldnt travel there with kids or wife though...
#John Mark on Feb 05, 2014 :
I am an expat living in lagos since last 4 years. I have never seen / read or heard a news of any city which has transformed itself like anything. The Governor of City is a pro development person.. When I arrived lagos in 2010 first time; I was extremely skeptic and apprehensive about this city.

Although there is no statistical data but I can tell you the kind of development happened in last so many years and safety measurement has been taken is remarkably well.

I would advise others don't compare apple to orange. Don't compare Lagos to Dubai It's obvious dubai and is far -far better.

But If you see growth and the kind of government imitative - Wonderful city, wonderful people
#kanye east on Feb 03, 2014 :
hi lagos is really safe
#Chis on Jan 27, 2014 :
Hi Babs!
Didn't you understand that the information and statistics collected on that page is actually collection of the peoples opinions that have visited and voted on that page, in other words "social opinion". My opinion is that instead of going to lawyers you should consider going back to school to train your logic and maybe some social/soft skills.

I am personally pretty satisfied with the information I collected from here and as I've been living in Nigeria for many years and experienced various dangerous situations over there although I consider myself as a careful person then I can confirm that level of crime: "84.09" is pretty adequate - especially for a foreigner.

For instance can you or somebody else tell me the phone number of Ambulance, Fire service or Police in Nigeria, Lagos? Although everybody has a handy or two in Nigeria, nobody knows those numbers because everybody knows that they are not going to help you anyway in case of emergency. Cannot really state the same for Detroit or Philadelphia...
#Mak on Nov 04, 2013 :

IS it possibile to list safe zones in Lagos a place were you can mingle and get to feel the real life of Africa, since this one nation with a billion things to do. Also is there options of adrealine sports available along side to enjoy the pure bliss of this marvelous country, the above crimes are more common today in major developed and developing cities, but how often is it repeated and high risk areas is what I would love to know.

#Chyke on Sep 11, 2013 :
If govt wants to fight crime. i tink they should start wit rural in lagos.i have live in so many place in lagos.4 ilasamaja if u go to the street u wil fine aut that all the young boys 4rm age of 12years has joing wit that they are not afraid of anybody even police.and that is where robbery start.again go to ojo okoko the samething is hapening.and police know all this boys.if u arrest them.b4 u get home u wil see them wit all the proudness.that they are the owner of the what i m saying is that 4 us to stop local stealing and robbery.police will first of all take care of all this in my vilage our dpo dont have there time.anyboy the brought his case two time he (dpo)wil give the person jungle all the boys are afraid of him.