Lagos rejects ‘most dangerous city’ label


The Lagos state government has dismissed the recent report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) which ranked Lagos as the world’s most dangerous city.

In a statement released by the Commissioner of Information Gbenga Omotosho on Sunday, the government described the report as unintelligent.

Omotosho noted that the crime rate in the state has reduced since the introduction of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), which has made it attractive to tourists and investors.

“With its seductive beaches, parks and arts centres, Lagos is the ideal city for a world seeking adventure. It is the home of financial and business giants, who have found in its huge population an attractive market,” he said.

“The curtain has just been drawn on the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Lagos Open during which the city hosted no fewer than 200 players from more than 32 countries. That was after a visit by boxing champion Anthony Joshua.

“French President Emmanuel Macron has had a taste of the city’s exciting entertainment scene, visiting the Afrika Shrine, the late Afrobeat king Fela Anikulapo – Kuti’s club.

Omotosho noted further that the Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration has introduced strategies to improve the social, economic and environmental development of Lagos state.

The Safe Cities Index released by EIU had ranked Lagos as the world’s most dangerous city in the world. The report ranked 60 cities based on digital security, health, infrastructure and personal security.




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