I spend a year in Nigeria 10 years ago, and made several forays in and out of Murtala Mohammed airport. Back then it was crowded, corrupt, and not terribly safe. When I first arrived there, I was supposed to be met and escorted through customs. I was told before leaving to stay in the terminal and not go outside. When we landed I got through immegration and customs OK
(dashing a young man who offered to assist) and waited. And waited. Finally I was told by the Police I was no longer able to wait around. I asked for a taxi to take me to the Sheraton hotel. The taxi which arrived looked like something that had not been road worthy for 5 years (the locals call them 'cockroaches'). Half way to the hotel I was stopped by a roadblock and was interrigated by the police. After about another 25 minutes and GBP 40.00 later (the police wanted money and threatened to arrest me on a trumped up charge if I did not pay up) I was finally allowed to go to the hotel.
When I was there the police had made an effort to crack down on a lot of the corruption and security issues there, though you could not do so entirely. There was a 60 Minutes report about a year previously where a reporter went through the airport with a hidded camera. The police were acutely embarrassed and shamed into trying to clean things up
The Sheraton Ikeja, I thought, was perfectly fine. A number of airline crews including BA
and the late SR
used the hotel. The rooms were comfortable, the food wasn't bad considering where I was, and it was a good respite before going back to where I lived in Benin City.
: Nigeria IS
a wonderful country and the people are terrific, but it's not a place for the faint hearted. As long as you take percautions, be patient, and accept the Nigerian adage that "No situation is perminent" you can actually have a lot of fun there.