1. Do not travel at night.
Violent crime is a great concern in many cities throughout Nigeria, especially at night. Night travel should be avoided at all costs to avoid unnecessarily putting yourself in harm’s way.
2. Use caution when taking photos.
The Nigerian military and police do not take kindly to visitors snapping photos of bridges, airports, or government buildings. Doing so can result in harassment, losing your camera, being forced to pay a fine/bribe, or even detention. The best way to avoid all of these unpleasant circumstances is to use extreme caution when photographing anything.
3. Stay in groups.
Many crimes that happen to visitors are carried out by small groups of criminals. This is especially true in tourist areas. Avoid people you do not know, and carry your personal items close to your body and on your front.
4. Don’t use your credit card.
You take unnecessary risks when using your credit card in Nigeria. Fraud is a real threat, and, generally, most places do not even accept credit cards. Limit your exposure to fraud and robbery by leaving your credit cards at home or locked up in your hotel room.
5. Limit your cash.
Nigeria is mainly a cash economy so you will need to have cash, but do not carry excess amounts with you. Find a secure place to store your cash in your hotel room.