The state of Rivers is indisputably safe, yet there are a few spots where you should exercise caution. A number of local government areas around the state are affected by insecurity. If they venture far from the main city, visitors to Rivers State for the first time may feel unsafe. A large proportion of tourists to the state inquire about the most dangerous areas. The most dangerous places in one of Nigeria’s most populous states are examined by Nigerian Infopedia.
A number of regions in Rivers State are threatened by insecurity. However, we concentrated our research on areas that are more volatile than others. The following are ten of the most dangerous places to live in Rivers State.
Diobu is a densely populated suburb of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and is located within the Port Harcourt metropolitan region. Rivers State University, a scientific and technology university, is located there. Diobu is a lively district known for its thrift businesses.
Despite the fact that Diobu is one of the city’s busiest commercial districts, nearly a third of its residents are struggling to get by. Diobu is said to have a high rate of gang activity, kidnappings, and armed robberies, according to most sources. Police response times are frequently unfavorably long, and the public regularly criticizes them.
In this section of the state, security has never really improved. Laws imposing mandatory sentencing measures were signed by the government exclusively for the purpose of reducing crime.
2. IKWERRE LGA
Ikwerre is another popular LGA in Rivers state, and it is one of the most dangerous regions to settle in due to cult activity. The capital of the Ikwerre Local Government Area, which contains 14 towns, is the ancient city of Isiokpo. Various cult organizations have “colonized” about nine of these towns.
As a result of these organizations’ ambition for dominance, hundreds of young men have been slain, and many more are still missing. Cult members who terrorize Ikwerre are also community members. The majority of the population is made up of Degban and Icelanders.
The roads leading to the Ikwerre areas are frequently abandoned and overgrown, making them perfect targets for kidnapping and robbery.
3. EMOHUA LGA
Ikwerre’s sibling local government area is Emohua. The two local government districts have many commonalities. They have essentially identical traditions, speak nearly identical languages, and are governed by a single supreme council. According to some neighbors who spoke to News Report, Emohua’s youth are cult rookies.
The East-West Road, which connects the communities of Ndele and Rundele, has been taken over by kidnappers. Water was used to connect these settlements. As soon as the victim is arrested, he or she will be loaded into a speedboat and whisked away.
4. OILMILL MARKET
The Oil Mill Market in Port Harcourt dates back to the founding of Rivers State. The market is in the Rumuokwurusi community of Obio/Akpor LGA. The large volume of palm oil that was marketed there a few decades ago gave the neighborhood its name.
When it comes to the Oilmill market’s dark side, miscreants and touts have made it a habit to saturate the area with their operations. Criminals prey on drivers unfamiliar with the area on market day, particularly private-car owners.
Pickpocketing and phone theft are also widespread in this area, with bad guys impersonating shoppers. This is particularly true in the late afternoon and evening, when the day’s work has been completed.
As traders pack their wares and wrap up for the day, the bad boys show their fangs.
5. OGBA/NDONI/EGBEMA LGA (ONELGA)
In terms of insecurity, ONELGA is one of Rivers State’s most dangerous localities. Despite the state administration’s efforts to de-escalate the situation by launching an amnesty program, the area remains a high-risk security zone in Rivers State.
There is a lot of criminal activity in this area. Several young men were previously beheaded and their skulls taken away in Omoku. Kidnappings and assassinations are common in ONELGA. Kidnappings are occurring for ransoms ranging from N100,000 to N200,000.
Kidnappings are widespread in the area, and the security situation is precarious. Sadly, many people, particularly indigenous peoples, are leaving to safer towns.
6. TRANS AMADI
Another risky zone to avoid in Rivers state is Trans Amadi. It’s a 1,000-hectare industrial complex in Port Harcourt, as well as a diversified residential area. With a significant manufacturing industry, the district is a vital industrial zone in the city.
There have been efforts in Trans Amadi to reduce the rate of criminal activities. The demolition of some market shanties and sanctuaries, according to the administration, is driven by the urgent need to reduce crime and protect lives and property in the state.
The Trans-Amadi slaughter market has long been known as the world’s largest abattoir, with dozens of people traveling from all over the world to support butchers.
7. ETCHE LGA
Etche Local Government Area is another area with a high level of insecurity and cult-related activity. The Umuoma Boys, a deadly cult group, control the area. On a daily basis, unknown gunmen target many towns in the vicinity, hurting a considerable number of people. Several people will be killed, and homes will be destroyed as a result of these attacks.
Residents of Rivers state find it impossible to travel to Etche because of the high level of insecurity there. These cults are widely suspected of being responsible for the majority of kidnappings and robberies in and around Etche. The Etche environment is dangerous during election seasons because of the system of combining hoodlums with the engines of political change.
In Port Harcourt, Rivers State, D-line is a lively commercial and residential sector. The neighborhood, which is sometimes referred to as “D/Line,” is heavily inhabited, which has resulted in an increase in criminal activity, making it one of the most dangerous locations to live in Rivers state.
Residents of D-Line and the neighboring areas are terrified due to an upsurge in violent robbery, kidnapping, cultism, and handset and handbag theft. According to the inquiry, armed thieves, primarily teenagers, have taken over the streets, attacking homeowners at gunpoint and robbing them of their belongings.
Borokiri is a neighborhood in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, located just south of Old GRA. Ahoada Street runs through the area on the north, Okrika Island on the east, the Orubiri oilfield on the south, and Ship Builders Road on the west.
Numerous robberies, both with and without guns, have occurred in Borokiri, making it a severe concern in the area.
Kidnapping is one of the most common crimes perpetrated by the government against foreigners and, on rare occasions, citizens.
10. MILE 1 TO MILE 3 AXIS
The majority of business operations in Diobu and Port Harcourt take place in the numerous marketplaces. This neighborhood is home to Port Harcourt’s largest open-air marketplaces, Mile One and Mile 3. From clothing to household goods to food, everything is sold here.
These locations are always packed, and they are frequented by crooks and hoodlums. Two people were injured after an explosion jolted a part of the famous Mile three market.
According to the 2016 National Bureau of Statistics crime report, Rivers State had the third highest total crime rate among Nigeria’s six states with populations of over 4 million people. In Rivers State, criminality manifests itself in a variety of ways.
Murder, rape, kidnapping, armed robbery, gang violence, and petty criminality are among the most common crimes in the state. The city’s high-crime zones include Rumuola, Diobu, D-line, Abuloma, Ogbunabali, Ikwerre Road, and Borokiri. This article looked at the ten most risky sites to avoid in Rivers State.
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