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Lagos among world's most dangerous - report

30 August 2013, 08:34Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Lagos is one the most dangerous cities to live in the world.

This is according to the Economic Intelligent Unit (EIU), which cited terrorism and piracy among the factors behind the low ranking.

According to EIU, Lagos is the fourth worst city to live in terms of security.

Although the report described Lagos as the second-fastest growing city in Africa, it noted that the shifting targets of terrorist groups on fast growing areas made Lagos a dangerous place to live in.

“Rapid growth is not always a good thing because Lagos is now a magnet for two perpetual threats to peace: pirates and Islamist warriors," read the report.

"Pirates threaten trade and use kidnapping as a method of funding. Islamist terrorist groups such as Boko Haram want to create their own version of heaven on earth by destroying cities such as Lagos and imposing strict Sharia law. Lagos has enormous potential but as yet little to show for it –hence its poor ranking,” the report stated.

The EIU annual survey explores the world’s 140 major metropolitan cities.

The report noted Lagos had "a long way to go politically, socially and economically before it joins the emerging market club."

- CAJ News

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