I received an email a couple of days ago. I receive similar emails quite regularly, so I don’t know why this one scared the hell out of me. I’ve copied and pasted it below (without correcting any grammar!)
Date : 21/9/12
Dear Friends ,
There has been a steady rise in reported crimes within Lagos and Ogun
States and other parts of Nigeria. Security incidents previously
largely confined to the mainland areas have become a daily occurrence
in Lagos Island, Ikoyi, V.Island and Lekki and now in Ota – Ogun
State . There is also a noticeable spike in kidnap and ransom (K&R)
cases, attacks at ATM points, cyber crimes, carjacking and residential
robberies. The majority of the incidents have mainly occurred at
night; however daytime occurrences of criminal attack are on the rise.
As usual every year in the past , The trend seems to be an increase in
crime rates during the Nov/ Dec months (period leading to Christmas
and New Year celebrations). The Indian High Commission is extending
all their efforts for implementing more measures to tighten the
security aspects for the citizens and giving support to all our
community members . However our members are advised to be more
vigilant about personal security to ensure safety at work and at home
General Security Tipss : for a kidnap situation
Victim as well as for Family members of Victims :
Please read below the tips :
Kidnap Situation Tips
If you are a kidnap victim:
· Try to stay calm – comply with the kidnappers. They are generally
after your material goods not life.
· Do give them the number of someone to call – try to have at least
one number memorized.
· Do not aggravate the kidnappers.
· Do not try to negotiate your own release.
· Do not make promises.
· Do not try anything foolhardy, for example attacking the kidnappers
(or aggravating them). Be judicious and stay alive.
· Be patient.
· Be assured – there are people working to have you released.
· Be aware – if you have an automated system from the bank which
shows your balance after a withdrawal via an sms to your mobile – they
may see this
If a family member or colleague is kidnapped:
· Stay calm
· Notify to your Office
· Notify the nearest Nigeria Police station.
· Wait, be prepared for a telephone call
o Try to write down or remember exactly what they say on the call
o Do not make promises to the kidnappers
o Do not mention any figures of cash to the kidnappers.
The following are helpful guidelines to reduce exposure to security incidents:
· Try to avoid night movements
· Vary routes and times of movements as much as possible.
· Avoid displaying signs of wealth (cash, bags/brief cases,
jewellery, laptop, bank documents especially in cars etc)
· Avoid using ATMs in public places.
· Do not take cabs or commercial motorbikes within bank premises.
· While in traffic, lock the doors and keep windows up.
· Increase vigilance especially when arriving/departing regularly
visited locations such as home, work, Church/Temple / Mosque, petrol
· Look back before the last turning of the street before entering
your residence Gate , to know and confirm sombody is not following
your car . If you find any suspicion then you should not enter the
residence gate and direct your driver to take the car to some other
safe place where ever you feel far from that place or drag the
journey some more time to confirm and ensure nobody is following you.
· Review your residential security and apply hardening measures
(procedure, equipment and trained security personnel) to your
· Watch out for motorbikes (okada riders) and heighten your alertness
at all times for them.
· Don’t linger around after a social event, church or mosque service.
· Limit the number of people that know your personal details and
· Do not enter into any argument in public over sensitive /
· Brief your family on what to do if you or somebody from the family
· Be aware of people observing you or your family. If at all
suspicious inform the Police or the Security Department straight away.
In case of any problem or if you have any information to share, please
contact Indian High Commission at Abuja/Lagos at the following