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The current article is the third in our series on personal and residential security. Here is the link for the Part I and Part II of this series. Herein we shall highlight some issues, oversight that will pose a security risk, lapse if not factored in.

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By and large, Ikoyi is a posh neighbourhood with a mishmash of exquisite residential apartments and commercial presence.
Ikoyi borders the Lagos Lagoon and takes up the eastern half of Lagos Island. It is one of the towns that make up the Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos state.
Originally, the British Colonial Governments designated Ikoyi as a residential area for the expatriate community perhaps due to its proximity to the sea. However this arrangement changed with time with big establishments locating their corporate headquarters at Ikoyi. Ikoyi is home to the creme de la creme of the Nigerian society, from diplomats to senior company, business executives and senior public servants.

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Our next port of call in this series of profiling what makes the different parts of Lagos tick, is Ibeju-Lekki.

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In this series, we shall be chronicling different parts of Lagos State vis-a-vis what makes them tick, cost of accommodation, commercial activities and so on and so forth.

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Let me start with an adage that goes thus, ‘those who had their palm kernel cracked for them by the gods do not know what it takes to crack a palm kernel’. House hunting in Nigeria is definitely a herculean task. Folks that inherited houses or have not lived outside their parent’s abode and their enclave will not appreciate the challenges of renting an apartment, accommodation in Nigeria. It is a truism that house demand in Nigeria far exceeds its supply. It often happens that the house you reject for some reason is swiftly snapped up by another prospective tenant. A lot of times you see an apartment, fall in love with it, agree with the ‘agent’ or landlord on rent etc only for you to come back and discover that someone else offered a higher amount and paid in a jiffy. It’s a harrowing experience!

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This is a sequel to the first leg of my essay with the same title. I am poised to flesh out the earlier article by adding more tips that will aid you to protect yourself, your loved ones and your properties/investments. A lot of times, common sense goes a long way in enhancing security and safety. Problem is, common sense is not very common. Granted there are times when security breaches are inevitable but we need to take steps not to make it an easy ride for intruders, men of the underworld.

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The Insurance sector is no doubt a multi billion dollar industry. Simply put, insurance is a protection, an indemnity against future loss (Wordweb).

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This is not the best of times for many Nigerians as far as security of lives and properties are concerned. Nigeria's Print and electronic media are continually awash with pockets of terrorism, kidnappings, armed robbery attacks, and many a times, unnecessary show of power (arrogance of power) by some ogas-at-the-top. The rules of engagement have changed: religious leaders, elderly people, children and even pregnant women are not spared in this onslaught. If the hand writing on the wall is anything to by, wanton insecurity bedeviling Nigeria may not abate anytime soon. My postulation and inference is that the aforementioned societal ills will increase as unemployment spirals out of control. On the other hand, a flurry of negative activities will ensue as the 2015 general elections inch closer.

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