10 Dangerous Places To Live in Rivers State (2024)

Last updated on August 4th, 2023 at 08:24 pm

Rivers state is undeniably safe; however, there are some areas you should be cautious about. Insecurity affects a number of local government areas across the state. Visitors to Rivers State for the first time, may face insecurity if they travel far from the capital city. A good number of visitors in the state do ask which places are the most unsafe. Nigerian Infopedia looks at some of the most dangerous areas in one of the country’s most populous state.

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Insecurity threatens a number of regions in Rivers State. However, we focused our investigation on those places that are more volatile than others. Here are 10 of the worst places to live in Rivers state.


Diobu is a heavily populated suburb of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and is part of the Port Harcourt metropolitan area. Rivers State University, which focuses on science and technology, is located there. Diobu is a bustling neighborhood known for its secondhand stores.

Despite the fact that Diobu is one of the city’s most commercially lively areas, about a third of its population struggle to make ends meet. Most sources claim that Diobu has a high rate of gang activity, kidnappings, and armed robberies. Police reaction times are frequently unfavorably long, and they are frequently chastised by the public.

The area’s security never really improved in this part of the state. The government signed laws enacting mandatory sentencing measures solely for the purpose of reducing crime.


Ikwerre is another popular LGA and one of the most dangerous areas to settle down in Rivers state due to cult activities. The ancient city of Isiokpo serves as the capital of the Ikwerre Local Government Area, which includes 14 settlements. About nine of these settlements have been “colonized” by various cult organizations.

Hundreds of young men have been slaughtered and numerous more are still missing as a result of these organizations’ quest for domination. Cult members terrorizing Ikwerre are also members of the community. Degban and Icelanders make up the majority of the population.

The roads leading to the Ikwerre areas are always deserted and riddled with vegetation, making them prime targets for kidnapping and robbery.


Emohua is Ikwerre’s sister local government area. Many similarities exist between the two local government districts. They share nearly identical traditions, speak the same languages, and have a single supreme council. Emohua’s youth, according to some neighbors who spoke to News Report, are cult rookies.

Kidnappers have taken over the East-West Road that connects the settlements of Ndele and Rundele. Water served as a link between these settlements. So, as soon as the victim is apprehended, they will load him or her into a speedboat and take off.


Port Harcourt’s Oil Mill Market dates back to Rivers State’s inception. The market is located in Obio/Akpor LGA, in the Rumuokwurusi community. The neighborhood got its name from the massive amount of palm oil that was marketed there few decades ago.

When it comes to the dark side of the Oilmill market, it has become a normal act when miscreants and touts flood the area with their activities. Miscreants prey on drivers, particularly private-car owners, who are unfamiliar with the area on market day.

Pickpocketing and phone theft are also common in this place, with bad lads posing as buyers. This is especially true in the late afternoon and evening, when the day’s work is done. The bad lads display their fangs as traders pack their wares and round out for the day.


ONELGA is one of Rivers State’s most dangerous locations in terms of insecurity. Despite the fact that the state administration launched an amnesty program to de-escalate the situation, the area remains a high-risk security zone in Rivers State.

This neighborhood is rife with criminal activity. In Omoku, several young men were formerly beheaded and their heads taken away. Kidnapping and hidden killing are big business in ONELGA. People are being kidnapped for ransoms ranging from N100,000 to N200,000.

Kidnapping is a common occurrence in the neighborhood, and the security situation is dire. Unfortunately, many individuals, especially indigenous peoples, are fleeing to safer towns.


Trans Amadi is another dangerous zone you should avoid in Rivers state. Its a 1,000-hectare industrial complex as well as a diverse residential neighborhood in the city of Port Harcourt. The district is a key industrial zone in the city, with a substantial manufacturing industry.

In Trans Amadi, there has been efforts to minimize the rate of criminal activity. According to the administration, the demolition of some market shanties and sanctuaries is motivated by the urgent need to curb crime and protect lives and property in the state.

The Trans-Amadi slaughter market has long been referred to as the world’s largest abattoir, with dozens of people coming from far and wide to patronize butchers.


Another location with a high level of insecurity and cult-related activity is Etche Local Government Area. The area is dominated by the Umuoma Boys, a dangerous cult group. Unknown shooters target several settlements in the area on a regular basis, injuring a large number of people. Several individuals will be murdered and homes will be destroyed during these attacks.

Due to the high rate of insecurity in Etche, inhabitants of Rivers state find it impossible to get there. Everyone knows that these cults are to blame for the majority of kidnappings and robberies in and around Etche. During election seasons, the Etche environment is perilous due to the system of merging hoodlums into the engines of political change.


D-line is a busy commercial and residential district in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The neighborhood, which is frequently written “D/Line,” is densely populated, hence the rise in criminal activities which makes this area on of the most dangerous places to live in Rivers state.

The increase in violent robbery, kidnapping, cultism, and handset and handbag theft has made residents of D-Line and surrounding regions fearful. Armed thieves, mostly youngsters, have taken over the streets, attacking residents at gunpoint and robbing them of their property, according to the investigation.


Borokiri is a Port Harcourt neighborhood located immediately south of Old GRA in Rivers State, Nigeria. The neighborhood is bordered on the north by Ahoada Street, on the east by Okrika Island, on the south by the Orubiri oilfield, and on the west by Ship Builders Road.

There have been numerous robberies in Borokiri, both with and without guns, making it a serious problem in the area. Kidnapping is also one of the most common crimes committed by the state against foreigners and, on occasion, residents.


The various marketplaces in Diobu and Port Harcourt are responsible for the majority of the commercial activities that occur there. Mile One and Mile 3 markets, Port Harcourt’s main open-air markets, are located in this neighborhood. Everything is sold here, from clothes to household goods to groceries.

These areas are always crowded, and crooks and hoodlums frequent them. An explosion once shook a section of the famed Mile three market, wounding two people.


Rivers State had the third highest total crime rate among Nigeria’s six states with populations of over 4 million people, according to the 2016 National Bureau of Statistics crime report. In Rivers State, crime comes in many ways.

The most common crimes in the state include murder, rape, kidnapping, armed robbery, gang violence, and petty criminality. Rumuola, Diobu, D-line, Abuloma, Ogbunabali, Ikwerre Road, and Borokiri are all high-crime areas in the city. This post looked at the ten most dangerous areas in Rivers State that you should avoid.

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