Nigeria, like any other country in the world, has its own share of security challenges, but it’s nothing the right blend of safety precautions and public awareness cannot handle. This is even more important if you have been away from the country for a while because a lot of things have changed.
For your maximum comfort and security while in Nigeria, we have created some safety tips as well as phone numbers to put on your speed dial in case of an emergency.
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First, the safety tips:
Stay cautious of crowds
Attending concerts and going to packed parties are undoubtedly some of the ways to celebrate, this holiday. However, this should be done with a great level of caution. Many things can happen in a crowd, one of which is pickpocketing or even worse forms of stealing. Minding what’s in your pocket, and in your hand, in overcrowded places could prevent your groove from turning to grieve.
Whether it is your house or vehicle, always ensure you lock up when you are in and out. Locking up at home includes bolting your gates properly and, depending on where you live, shutting your windows too is necessary. For your car, locking up entails double-checking that your car windows are wound up and doors are locked when driving and when you park.
Memorise a friend’s number
There is always the possibility that your phone battery may run down or you may lose your phone. Memorizing at least one phone number belonging to a friend or family member would help you out of such situation. This has to be a Nigerian number by the way and preferably owned by someone who is always quick to answer the phone.
Carry little cash and your debit card
Wherever you may be in the world, it’s always safer and more convenient to move around with very little cash. Home, in Nigeria, is not any different. The great thing is that you also get a very good backup in the GTBank Naira MasterCard, with which you can pay for anything, from drinks in a pub, to groceries in the supermarket. You can also get a Utility Card, instantly in any GTBank branch, if you would like to separate your planned expenses from your regular savings. There is also *737#, which once you dial, using the (Nigerian) phone number registered to your GTBank account, you can carry out transactions such as airtime recharge, payments and funds transfers.
You’ll also need to add these numbers to your contact list, for security, health and even financial emergencies;
Lagos Emergency Services (Police, Fire Service, Ambulance, Domestic Violence) – 767 or 112
GTConnect Customer Care – 0700482666328, 08029002900, 08039003900
Airtime top-up – Dial *737*Amount# to top up your phone or *737*Amount*phone number# to buy airtime for your loved ones.
State Security Service (SSS) – 08132222105
Federal Road Safety Corps – 122 or 07002255372
Download the emergency numbers of Police Command PROs in different states across Nigeria, click HERE.