Devils in the neighborhood

Violent crime, such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking, kidnapping, and rape is almost commonplace throughout the country. Most Travel Advisory would ask that one exercise extreme caution throughout the country due to the threat of indiscriminate violence. Terrorists continue plotting and carrying out attacks in Nigeria, especially in the Northeast.

The Kaduna-Abuja road has for long been a nightmarish experience, security concerns is no longer a here and there case but an everywhere matter. We are served pot pouri of the President is meeting with security chiefs, the state governors are donating cars to security apparatus, we are debating local vigilantes, community policing, state police and more but we are not getting it right.

The most dangerous cities in the world Los Cabos, Mexico is the most dangerous city in the world with a murder rate of 111.33 per 100,000 people. Capetown South Africa is 15th Country with murder rate: 62.3 deaths per 100,000 people. Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa is 46th Country: Murder rate: 37.5 deaths per 100,000 people. And then Durban is 44thon the list.

For all the mud thrown at us as Nigerians, two facts are at play; either no one really cares about Nigeria, or as usual we may just be ‘just’ so bad there are no records, I would settle for a safer but dangerous balance which is, we are on our way to getting to the list that has Mexico with 15 cities, Brazil with 14, South Africa with three and US with four and Venezuela with 6. Honduras and Colombia has two


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While Puerto Rico, Jamaica, El Salvador and Gutemala have one each.

So Nigeria is an unsafe destination…Northern Nigeria is unsafe for foreigners (especially westerners) due to ethnic and religious tensions, lawlessness and the current activities of Islamist groups such as Boko Haram. This is likely to be the kind of thing you see thrown around about Nigeria. And you don’t want to know the real truth about criminal activities, and crime lords operating across Nigeria like Mr. Wadume of Taraba, but we are not on the list of the most dangerous cities of the world.

Prince Charles Dickson

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