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Commuting The Lagos Metropolis

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Moving around the Lagos metropolis is a herculean task especially during rush hour. The worst times to be on the road, in the ever-bustling commercial capital of Nigeria are, 6am – 9am and 5pm – 8pm.

If you are new to Lasgidi, you would probably wonder why there are so many people waiting at the bus stops, yet there are several vehicles over loaded with passengers, stuck in traffic. The old are not left out of feeling these frustrations. Security becomes of paramount importance and it is imperative that many stay safe. Cars offering free rides may very well be a band of kidnappers, or the passenger sitting right beside may be a pick pocket, looking to divest you of your valuables and there is the slim chance that a bus you may board are a part of the ‘One Chance’ crew.

You can’t ensure 100% safety but you sure can try.

  • Carry only as much cash as is necessary.
  • Avoid going about with valuables.
  • Don’t have all your money in one bank account.
  • Don’t go about with all your ATM cards.
  • In case of credit card/ATM card theft, call your bank as soon as possible. Walk into any of your bank’s branches and complain. There is usually a 24hr operative telephone.
  • When stuck in traffic, lock all doors.
  • Have your car windows, rolled up as high as possible.
  • Carry your backpack/hand bag in front of you or have it placed on the side of you with less attention or activity.
  • Don’t answer calls on the road, if you must, use hands free.
  • Try not to carry too many bags.
  • Be conscious of your surroundings.
  • Don’t talk too much or make loud phone calls.
  • Don’t talk business on the phone, in the bus.
  • Avoid saving passwords on your devices, especially sensitive passwords like ATM pins and the like.
  • As much as possible, board buses from designated parks/bus stops.
  • Avoid hitching a ride with strangers.
  • Have your device information, backed up, so you have access to them, if your device is stolen.
  • Connect your devices to your Google accounts. It makes tracking and possible shutting down easy.
  • Have a can of pepper spray within reach.
  • Learn martial arts.
  • Try to not to fall asleep while commuting.
  • Most importantly, trust your instinct. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

 

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