In an ideal scenario, we would never need any emergency numbers in our lives. However, there comes a time in everyone’s life where we cannot deal with the situation alone and need to ask for help from the corresponding services. Here is a full list of emergency numbers you can call in Nigeria.
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1. Why do we need emergency numbers at all?
Not everyone knows this, but there are numerous emergency agencies in Nigeria that can help in difficult, even life-threatening situations. However, even fewer people know how to actually reach them. Through popular media, especially coming from the US, we are conditioned to think of 911 as the primary emergency number, but the truth is that it doesn’t work in Nigeria.
At the same time, there is an official emergency agency for every situation in Nigeria that can provide timely help exactly where you need it. If you want to always be able to ask for assistance in emergency situations, you should save these numbers to your mobile phone or create a not with the list of phone numbers and keep it in an easily accessible place.
2. List of Nigerian emergency service numbers
Nigerian Police Emergency Lines:
Lagos State Traffic Management Authority:
Child Abuse Line in Lagos State:
Rapid Response Squad:
State Security Service:
Lagos Emergency Service, where you can report a traffic emergency or request police or ambulance assistance:
Lagos Domestic Violence help lines:
Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC):
Child Domestic Violence lines:
Violation of Girls and Women/Rape Helpline:
Depression/Suicide Prevention Initiative:
Health Emergency Initiative:
3. Nigerian universal emergency line
At the end of 2019, Nigerian officials launched a universal emergency line that every Nigerian could call to request assistance in case of emergency. This is a toll-free number that can be dialled from any mobile device. The 112 helpline is being operated in 18 Emergency Communication Centres, or ECC, that are available in the FCT as well as Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Benue, Cross Rivers, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, and Plateau states.
The 112 emergency service was already very helpful since its launch in November of 2019, but it has once again proven to be particularly useful since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria. With a universally accessible emergency line, Nigerian citizens finally have a place where they can get timely assistance in any COVID-19-related situation.
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