Worst Places To Live In Nigeria [Top 10]

Like most third world or developing countries, there are usually faced with crisis, domestic violence, high crime rates, poverty, and corrupt leaders, making them some of the worst places to live in the world. Nigeria, a third-world nation, is a highly underdeveloped state and one of the worst developing countries in the world.

An article published on the 5th of September 2019 by Forbes magazine rated Nigeria as the third-worst place to live in the world topping the list was Brazil, South Africa, and Nigeria. You do the United States of America was rated as the 16th worst place to live in 2019, dropping from 13th position it took in 2018. The United Kingdom is also ranked as the 12th worst place to live in the world.

Most Dangerous Places in Nigeria

Don’t get this article all twisted. Nigeria is one of the best places to live in Africa. Nigeria is the economic center of Africa, an Africa giant, and the 6th largest producer of crude oil worldwide. This West African country a prime vacation spot for European tourist and American expats.

But there are some places in Nigeria you still have to avoid going too for your safety. In no particular order, these are by far the worst places to live in Nigeria.

Borno State

 Located in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria, Borno state one of the most dangerous places to live in Nigeria. Since 2011, there have been constant attacks from the Boko Haram and other military groups in this region. In 2013, this group received global attention when they abducted 219 students from Chibok secondary school, Chibok, Borno. This act led to the #bringbackourgirls campaign across all social media platforms and humanitarian websites to secure these girls.

From 2013 to date, these girls are yet to obtain their freedom. Residing in Borno state is like a suicide sentence. Reporters and support aid have not been able to reach that region properly because of the high rate of insecurity—the security threat in Borno State at a critical level.


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Borno State has the highest casualties rate of all Boko Haram attacks. Even after moving the Nigerian defense headquarters to Borno State in 2015 as a strategy to combat Boko Haram, it has yielded zero results.

Kano State

 Kano State is another terrible place to reside in if you are thinking of moving to Nigeria. The security threat label in this state is near critical. In 2012, over 32 Boko Haram terrorists raided and attacked villages and towns in Kano state, which resulted in the death of over 150 civilians.

It’s also hard to be a dedicated Christian, Moslem, or missionary in this place.  Boko Haram attacks on churches, mosques, and markets are at an all-time high and crippling socio-economic activities in the state. That aside, Kano is a relatively underdeveloped region even though they have one of the biggest markets in Nigeria.

 The strong point of Kano state is agriculture [mostly groundnut, beans, and animal husbandry]. Still, farmers can only practice agriculture on a small-scale due to poverty and inadequate government support.

Onitsha, Anambra State

For a very industrious state, Onitsha is one of the worst places to reside in Nigeria. Onitsha is notorious famous at green crime. Although this city has seen its fair share of rising and fall, it is still a the brink of a major crisis. Less than 20 years ago, Onitsha was experiencing a series of attacks from different military groups, vigilantes, and kidnappers.

Onitsha was so bad back in the days that the government decided that the only way to fight evil was with evil. They introduced the Bakassi Boys who used guns, juju, machetes, and dark magic to hunt down, maim, and kill anybody they felt was a threat to the society. These people were simply licensed Boko Harams.

Bakassi Boys were licensed to kill [by beheading] threats like fake pastors, pretty thieves, armed robbers, kidnappers, corrupt landlords, murderers, and ritual killers. Today, Bakassi boys have been disbanded, have the art died? No, these ex Bakassi boys still have around the Onitsha head bridge to steal, kidnap, and scam anybody to ignorant of their presence.

These thugs operate from Upper Iweka Road, MCC, Awada to Obosi. Don’t think you’ll be safe by calling the police. They are still above the law. You can even be maimed for shouting, “Stop thief.” I think Onisha is the worst place to live in Nigeria.

Ogun State

Ironically described as the land of good news, this is because whenever news from Ogun states, it’s always something diabolical. News like “Wife kills husband,” “Boy rapes & kills maid,” “pastor sleeps with members wife,”… is common in this part of the country.

Cities in the Ogun state are very, very wicked, and backward in both cognitive and psychological levels. There’s also a high level of insecurity in this region, leading to continuous curfews and movement restrictions. The economic output in the state is by far below standard. Ogun state is generally unsafe to live in. The infrastructure in the area is also below standards and poorly maintained.

It is mostly inhabited by internally displaced persons, as seen from personal experience. It lacks basic necessary infrastructure as well, making it one of the worst places to live in. If you like to have bad roads, inadequate power supply, terrible waste management, poor health care, then the Ogun state is the place for you.

Ajegunle, Lagos State

Lagos can be described as a reasonably unstable city. The available facilities currently available are not enough to satisfy the demand required by the population. Lagos is the smallest and most productive city in West Africa, making it seem like a haven and beacon to people with big dreams.  The wealth in this area is too high that even bordering states and countries are tapping into the wealth of Lagos, adding more stress to the system.

The Agejunle area of Lagos is nothing to write one about. It is an overpopulated slump, an underdeveloped area when compared to other parts of Lagos. You can be walking down the road and boom, STEET FIGHT [gang turf wars]. This gang battle usually involves multiple rival gangs fighting over territories or disputes.

These clashes can cover long distances from Apapa port down to the Safejo market in Amukoko and can even last continuously for up to 12 days. The rate of insecurity in this area is also somewhat above average. It mostly consists of midnight robber attacks and kidnapping.


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Warri, Delta State

Speaking of one of the most dangerous places to live in Nigeria, Warri is a strong contender for the #1 place. Warri can be regarded as the Ajegunle of Nigeria. It is a rough and rugged area where you can quickly run into the good, bad, and the ugly. Although the cost of living here is low, Warri is one of the worst places to live in Nigeria.

Despite being an oil-rich region, the level of infrastructure here is by far the below standard. One notable feature that makes this place stand out is cultism. Warri is only second to Port Harcourt when cultism is concerned. There have been cases where cultists confessed to recruiting members from JSS 2 [9th Grade]. Most of the youths in these areas are unemployed and prefer stealing on engaging in internet fraud over going to school or getting a decent job.

Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Port Harcourt is a no safe zone for a new family. They don’t usually make news headlines because most of their activities are mostly done underground and adequately covered up. There are over 50 active cult groups in Port Harcourt. Most of these groups are more interested in making money than squabbling over territories.

These cultists mainly operate on campuses found all over the state. But when they are off-campus, you see a lot of youths between 16 and 33 caught for armed robbery, murder, kidnapping, internet fraud, and domestic violence.

Even when caught, expelled, rusticated, or arrested, there are not deterred from stopping their evil act. It just gives them the chance to go into their work fulltime. Port Harcourt is by far the worst place to start a family in Nigeria due to the high level of negative influence in society.


 Yola is the capital of Adamawa State. Landlocked in the Northeast part of Nigeria, it ranks as one of the most dangerous places to live in Nigeria due to constant attacks from the Boko Haram military operatives.

Yola used to be a quiet and civil place, with only a few stories of inter and intra ethnic conflicts. But since the rise of Boko Haram, Yola can be likened to Sodom and Gomorrah. 

Most of the state indigenes have deserted their homes, businesses, and farms, because of the constant attacks on churches, mosques, and markets. Attacks on this area have to lead to the death of over 5,000 people and destruction of properties worth millions of Naira.

Even before the book Haram attacks, academic and social activities in this state are among the lowest in Nigeria. Less than 2,000 students register for WAEC & SSCE from Adamawa state every year.

Bauchi state

Bauchi state is another region in Nigeria plagued by the Boko Haram. The former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, declared many curfews in this region due to the high rate of insecurity. That aside, like most states in the Northern parts of Nigeria, children in Bauchi lack proper education and, most of all, health care.

Characteristics of an impoverished society

The world we live in is rapidly becoming a global village because of the internet. Specific attributes are used to characterize an average society, which some of these places lack.

Some of the characteristics of an underdeveloped society include racism, inter-ethnic conflicts, inequality, xenophobia, violence and brutality, high crime rates, political instability, insecurity, high unemployment rate, poverty, and bad leadership. Most of these places meet the listed qualities making them a lousy choice for residency.

If the federal, state, and local government work with investors and stakeholders, putting aside party differences they can remodel these places to become even better than expected.

They can develop and provide both necessary infrastructures, security, standard social amenities, and support to people in these areas. I’m sure these places will rise to become some of the most beautiful places in Africa and hot tourist attractions to European expats.


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