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10 Most Dangerous Neighbourhoods in Lagos, Nigeria

In this post, we discuss the 10 most dangerous neighbourhoods In Lagos, Nigeria. You will have to be extremely careful if you find yourself in these locations.

The population of Lagos state is about 20 million with over 30,000 policemen working in  State, yet residents in Lagos state are consistently experiencing the brunt of crime.

Because of the criminal activities in Lagos State, the Lagos State Police Command has conducted an investigation into the rising spate if crime in the state, and has identified some of the most dangerous neighbourhood in the state. Hence in this article, l will be taking you through some of these dangerous neighbourhoods in Lagos state.

The Most Dangerous Neighbourhoods In Lagos:

Someone may ask, where are the dangerous neighbourhood in Lagos state? The answer to the above question is not far fetched, below are 10 most dangerous neighborhood in Lagos state.

1. Anibaba and Itu Nla in Ikorodu:

Ikorodu had been identified as one of the most infamous communities in Lagos State, a community situated in the north-east of the state, near the Lagoon. Ikorodu and Ogun state shares the same boundary.

This community is a vulnerable area for men of the underground world, rapists and kidnappers. But  Anibaba and Itu Nla are the two areas that are very vulnerable in Ikorodu. Just recently, a couple and others were reportedly killed by cultists in Ikorodu.

The two areas are said to be notorious for fatal cult clashes. The gunmen, who actually are cultists, usually engaged in supremacy battles, invading these areas at will, while shooting dead their own rivals, most of the time, residents will be caught in the crossfire.

2. Ojelade and in Oju Irin in Mushin:

The notoriety of Mushin began far back in  1980, and till date, Mushin has never changed for the better hence, remained one of the top ten dangerous neighborhoods in Lagos.

Violence experienced in the area is as a result of cult clashes, especially in Ojelade and in Oju Irin areas of Mushin. The cultists, in most cases, will unleash mayhem within the communities at will. When on an operation, the cultures will wield cudgels, and cutlasses, as well as, broken bottles.

3. Igbo Olomu and Isawo in Ikorodu:

Some militants who came from creeks and those of the Niger Delta find solace in these areas. Kidnapping is their stock-in-trade here.

These handlooms normally have a field day, creeping into the areas and abducted people, as there are no security operatives present in these areas. Once their victims are caught, they will take them to a creek around Imota. Subsequently, families of the victims will be contacted and requested for ransom.

4. Bariga in Ilaje:

Bariga is in Somolu, where the oldest secondary school, CMS Grammar School in Lagos state, is situated. This area has now turned into a blighted area.

Crime is the order of the day here, such as rape, and kidnapping as well as, violent cult clashes. The cultists on a regular basis do lurk around this place, especially during the night period in order to attack unsuspecting women, where they waylay the women and rape them.

5. Olodi-Apapa and Ajegunle in Apapa:

Apapa is one of the places in Lagos state, where you have ports and terminals. Ajegunle is in Apapa and is a well-known area, which is famous in the production of entertainment superstars.

Ajegunle is described as ‘ghetto paradise’ where criminality thrives. A regular occurrence in the area is supremacy battles that happened between various cult groups.

The most saddened is the rising case of missing children. Many in the neighbourhoods are those responsible for the kidnapping practices..

6. Odunfa and Onala in Lagos Island:

Violent crimes have been said to be a particular feature in Lagos state. As such crimes in the overpopulated mainland increase, handlooms have extended, and their tenterhooks are also in Lagos Island. These two areas, the Odunfa and Onala have been considered as sore thumbs in the area of criminal activities.

7. Shibiri in Okokomaiko:

Shibiri is one of the densely populated areas in Okokomaiko of Lagos state. This area is known for its notoriety, being a den and recruiting centre for criminals.

Young persons in this area are being recruited into cultism. Even persons, who lived in this area have confirmed how young people are robbing unsuspected and innocence members of the public.

8. Papa and Orile in Agege:

These two areas, Papa and Oracle, are in Agege, and these areas are not lagging behind, in terms of criminal activities, they are among the expanding territories for criminals, and criminals in these areas carried out all sort of crime and violence in the areas.

Residents of these areas are living in fear, as young people, who are high on drugs take to crimes without any scruple.

9. AIT Road Alagbado, Afolabi, Obadore Igando:

An investigation has uncovered crime activities in AIT Road, which is in Alagbado, and Afolabi, including Obadore, all in Igando.

These places are now battlegrounds for cultists, who often engaged in violent battles. Although it is true that, Lagos residents are grappling with this reality of rising cultists activities in most areas in the state, the Police Commissioner in Lagos, Fatai Owoseni, has said that the issue of criminal activities in Lagos state might be connected with some stakeholders in the affected communities..

10. Iyana Ipaja:

Iyana Ipaja is a key transit area into Lagos state, and the area is also a gateway into the neighbouring Ogun state and Lagos communities.

It is here in Iyana Ipaja that you will find many bus stop and many motor parks, which are scattering almost everywhere with roads to places within and around Nigeria, Iyana Ipaja in Lagos state has actually grown to become one of the notorious neighbourhoods in the state. The area is in Alimosho, a local government area, considered to be the largest in Lagos state.


There are some areas that are considered the most Dangerous Neighbourhood In Lagos. Someone may ask, where are the dangerous neighbourhoods in Lagos state?

The answer to the above question is not far fetched, and has been answered in this article by giving you 10 most dangerous neighbourhood in Lagos state.

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