By Byron X. Smith
Corporate Executive Protection (CXP) teams doing assignments in the major urban centers of Nigeria, such as Abuja and Lagos should beware that violent crime is on the rise. Armed attacks, assaults, undisciplined Nigerian police road checkpoints, kidnappings, hostage taking and ship hijackings make the place very dangerous.
Don’t get careless when on CXP assignments in Nigeria, carelessness kills. There is a high level of crime within the inner city and on the outskirts of Lagos. This includes armed robbery, hostage taking and violent armed assault. Robberies and muggings conducted by large well armed groups on a daily basis and police response in non-existent. Hotel room robberies is also a serious concern in Lagos and are on the rise in Abuja.
Petty crime such as pickpocketing, minor physical violence and purse snatching is common in all crowed places throughout Nigeria. Learn the geography of the city and keep alert in public markets, beaches and while walking along the sidewalks. Remain especially for client safety upon arrival in Lagos as incidents of armed robbery and carjacking are high along main routes to international and domestic airports, this is the most dangerous time of the assignment.
The CXP team should approach Lagos like any other violent Third World environment. Avoid traveling after dark and especially the outskirts of the city of Lagos. Your CXP team should be implementing best performance in protective measures for your clients in Lagos and throughout Nigeria. All the best and keep out of harm’s way.
Byron Smith is a corporate bodyguard employee of International Corporate Executive Protection Ltd. http://www.icepltd.com for the last 8 years. Prior to entering the private sector he served in the U.S. Navy and he is an affiliate of Corporate Executive Protection: A Manual for Inspiring Corporate Bodyguards (CXP) http://www.trafford.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000159783
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Mayor Nd Ezee
Hi Byron Smith & Doc Rogers:
Byron, yours are factual tips, but you omitted the prevailing situation-sectarian / domestic terrorism. I am a Nigerian American, ex-military intelligence and United Nations personnel. Though, presently based here in the States (California, to be precise), but I would be most willing for a mutual ties / cooperation with you per CP ops in Nigeria/West Africa and hence I am indigenously well versed of the topography, mentalities, hierarchical contacts and social accents. Feel free to contact me, either through phone: +1-909-609-4370, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Byron: Nice article. Keep up the good work. God speed.
Hello Tom: Thank you, sir. Yes, Doc and I have a long history together. I’m main contact for CP tasks in Western Africa.
Great post Byron, do you work for Doc?