The Most Wicked Tribes in Nigeria: Full List

There are over 371 ethnic groups in Nigeria according to a vanguard news report. Among these groups, there are tribes that are popular or better still known as the major tribes in the country. They include the Igbos, Yorubas and the Hausas. Over time, people of these tribes find it hard to live together in peace as hatred of one ethnic group over the other has affected the country as a whole.

The Igbo speaking tribe who are seen as the most industrious tribe due to their passion for business and entrepreneurship are constantly targeted by other tribes in the country. The Yoruba tribe who are seen as the most educated tribe in Nigeria have also been on the receiving end too. This hatred trend has been ongoing and it has eating deep into the political and social fabric of the country.

Every tribe in the country are guilty of showing wicked behaviours to the other especially when you investigate their cultures and traditions. They also have a tendency of being hated by other ethnic groups. In this write up, we explore the most wicked tribes in Nigeria, bearing in mind what they did to merit their place on this list.

List Of The Most Wicked Tribes In Nigeria

Fulani Tribe

Fulani has been attributed the most wicked tribe in Nigeria due to the incessant killings by some people from this part of the country. News reports of Fulani herdsmen killings and attack on farmlands in different villages have left many people from other southern states live in constant fear of this dangerous group.

Most Fulani groups live a nomadic life-style and are mostly cattlemen. They don’t stay in one place, but move from one place to the other. They are often seen with a stick and weapon (machete or dagger) taking with them their herd (cows, goats and sheep). They make money through trade and are known to have cultural discipline.

Predominantly, Islam is the major religion of this group as they are found in the northern part of the country. Fulani speaking states includes some parts of Gombe, Sokoto, Katsina, Bauchi, Kebbi, Adamawa and Yobe states. It would shock you to know that those miscreants trying to rubbish the Fulanis are just 9% out of the majority as they are also peace loving people if you go close to them.


Ogoni Tribe

Ogoni is another tribe that has also been guilty of killings, kidnapping and other illegal vices. In fact, a renowned personality in an online report said that the Ogonis are among the most wicked tribes in the country. He said “in the entire Ogoni land, human lives meant nothing as people can make each other mad at will, the wickedness in that part of the country was much compared to other regions.” He further said: “In Khana, you can make someone mad with N500.”

Our investigations about the Ogoni people and these vices attributed to them was borne out of neglect by the federal government. The Ogoni people for many years have been victims of human rights violations. In a 15-year period from 1976 to 1991 there were reportedly 2,976 oil spills of about 2.1 million barrels of oil in Ogoniland, accounting for about 40% of the total oil spills of the Royal Dutch/Shell company worldwide.

In fact, over 200 locations in Ogoniland according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), because of oil spills, oil flaring, and waste discharge, has rendered the soil of the Niger Delta impotent and no longer viable for agriculture. Furthermore, in many areas that seemed to be unaffected, groundwater was found to have high levels of hydrocarbons or were contaminated with benzene, a carcinogen, at 900 levels above WHO guidelines which is dangerous to human lives.

In 1993, the people of this group tried to protests in a bid to stop contractors from polluting their lands and waters, the Mobile Police of the Nigerian government raided the area to quell the unrest, which saw over 27 villages raided, resulting in the death of 2,000 Ogoni people and displacement of 80,000.

Igbo Tribe

While the Igbos are known to be the richest tribe in Nigeria due to the business sense know how, they are also one of the most dangerous tribes in the country today. Although, there are five Igbo speaking states in Nigeria, they are practically found in every part of the world.

You might be wondering why are Igbos among the wicked tribes in Nigeria? Well, some of them are known for cheating and other criminal related activities world-wide that has dented the image of the country. If you see the names of people released by Thailand, Malaysia, Dubai and other countries reporting fraud and drug smuggling cases, you would see that its majorly from this tribe.

Most of them are known to like money and would do anything to get it. Some go as far as doing rituals or blood money with their family members just to get rich. Meet an average Igbo man and he will tell you that Igbos don’t help themselves as they exhibit this selfish trait amongst themselves.

The popular case of Obinwanne Okeke a Nigerian entrepreneur popularly known as Invictus Obi, currently being held by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) over an $11 million advanced internet scam traced to him. You can read more about Invictus case here. He is also from this ethnic group.

The Igbos also have their own fair share of injustice meted upon them by the federal government and by other ethnic groups. Starting from the Nigeria-Biafra civil war which saw the massacre and displacement of millions of Igbos from their homes, not allowing them a say in politics, the killings of peaceful IPOB members and even labeling them “a terrorist group” by the federal government has seen the Igbo speaking people as the most hated ethnic group in the country.

Yoruba Tribe

If you are looking for one of the most dangerous tribes in Nigeria, then look no further as the Yoruba tribe have done justice to this claim. Jungle justice is more prevalent in this region. Youths fighting one another, cult practices, stealing, kidnapping, child rape, corrupt politicians dictating the order of the day, the use of human parts for rituals or cultural practices, etc can be linked with this ethnic group.


No tribe or state is free from this list as all tribes have a tendency of being dangerous. These ones listed above are just the major ones that are constantly being on the news for some time. We know that these tribes are good but those rubbishing them, make up a few of their population.

What are your views on this? Do you know another tribe or ethnic group that are worst or should be added to the most dangerous tribes in Nigeria? Lets hear your objective comments below.


The Author

Jide Adeyoye Franklin

Jide is a prolific writer, researcher and a certified author on Nigerian Infopedia. He is a very experienced tech personality with knowledge in SEO and current trends online.


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  1. Kingson Harcourt

    Ogonis are not wicked to people. Their land was infested by devils and Shell and they just have to be strong to survive in their villages and towns. They only battles against Shell and territorial demons. Ogonis are kind to humans strangers.

  2. Isaac

    Hausa tribe is not mention in the article does that means the hausas fare better than other tribes? If that be the case your write-up is biase or probably you are an Hausa man or woman. Because as far as we know they are next to Fulani in wickedness.

    1. The article stated that no tribe or ethnic group is devoid of wickedness. So I guess every tribe has a trait of being dangerous

      1. Michele

        what is the way out of this wickedness?

        1. The fear of God and the love of neighbor

    2. suraj

      you are not far from the truth

  3. Wizking Gentle

    This is sentimental write up and should be completed before I vent my anger on the writer.”Igbos like money”? Have u ever in ur life the writer work for money and at the end of the day u bring the money u worked for to any Igbo man around ur area? The answer is capital NO.Thus,where is the truth on this? Please,public shouldn’t take the writer serious because it is absolutely baseless and should be disregarded.He us being controlled by the influence of hatred on Igbos particularly.

    1. Thanks for your criticism but when you read the article, you will see where the writer explained how the igbos have suffered a lot and besides what he wrote is objective enough with no hatred to any tribe but he stated the facts.

      1. M.Nwanozie

        I disagree with the writer the Igbo’s help a lot we help our brothers to grow we don’t believe in give our brothers fish everyday we teach them how to fish

        1. Maybe the writer wrote from his experience or research he carried out

    2. agenapatoostephen

      no doubt, Igbo r very wicked too

  4. Ashirulbanin

    I totally disagree with you sir, because fulani are not wicked, They are peace loving pple. They only act on self defense with is also legal.

    1. I have met some fulani people and its true that they are peace loving. What are we to say about those who go about killing innocent people as they move round the country?

    2. Hon. Cylrian

      Fulani’people are the most wicked and dangerous people on earth

  5. Vincent

    What you is true of whole tribes for instance, the Fulani’s are cannibals, the ogonis believe in fetish and diabolical ways more,the Igbo’s lack unity among themselves no body wants to compete with his brother in Richie’s due to self-centered and greed in them, while the yorubas are saboteurs, eye service, fetish in nature. I am an Igbo person but to be candid with you no tribe that does not posses this in Nigeria, it because of their populations peste others on the bill board.

    1. thank you for saying the bare truth


    Thank God my tribe is not mentioned among the most wicked.

    1. SofTorch

      Your tribe was not mentioned because they are the main terrorist and more most dangerous tribe. Hence, they are too qualified not to be mentioned. Your tribe has no competitor in wickedness. They are on the top-most.

  7. Rev Lion

    For me this write up is balanced for those tribes mentioned.
    Little correction is that every tribe including Hausa people engage in ritual money but there people who are more in number.

  8. Kasim suleiman

    Let be watchfull to our self before posting

    1. Truth is bitter, but it must be told. While you are right, we cannot hide the truth as nothing is hidden under the sun

  9. abioye m

    making friends with the hausa u will never regret of making friends with them.fulani they are wicked and bad in time of Fighting and all other acts thanks

  10. Dafidi

    In all honesty, this is a shitty write-up

      1. peace

        Afterall, it is a Free world. people can go ahead and write anything even without facts and figures.
        May Almighty protect us from agitators of evil. Ameen.

  11. gggggg

    what consign you with who is wicked and is not wicked. lazy man

  12. pat obi

    you are bias in your write up. try to find out how Dr. Nnamdi azikwe went London to study. the igbo union paid his school fee. what about the kidnapper . wadume is from the north. maybe he hates money.

  13. frankkay

    what about hausas as for me hausas that u didn’t mention make your whole theory biase
    as for me hausas are they most wicked ND dangerous tribe


    1. Bakuso

      for your own notice Bokoharam is dominated by Kanuri tribe

    2. Anonymous

      Who wrote this rubbish?? How about the Hausa and Igala tribe etc before speaking to Nigerians get your facts straight

  14. Abiodun

    u are right about ogoni people .a chief make a man run mad bcos he connect me with her daughter for friendship

  15. Johbson

    Jide or whatever you’re called, you should be fair and not sentimental, partisan and political in your write up. You should give us all the criteria used to arrive at these conclusion about tribes in Nigeria. There are other tribes more wicked but I won’t mention them until his criteria are listed here.

  16. chukwuemka Elom

    To me the write-up is balanced and sentiment-free.Both the true and false about all the tribes mentioned here is balanced.I also love the question about “The way out”and the answer to it.”The fear of God and love for one anothet”

  17. The hausas are more into rituals than yorubas. They sleep with animals for rituals, yorubas are more into cultism, to igbos don’t think twice on anything that can become money. Parents can be used for rituals. Part of them eat flesh.

  18. agenapatoostephen

    the writer is correct, but Hausa’s also are very wicked set of people.

  19. Ororo

    These argument will not end,no one will like to say
    His or her mother soup is no delicious.Everyone want to praised his or her own State.Let me sak, where in Nigeria you will not find a ritualists, kidnappers,419,and harmrubbers etc.The truth is the government are not working for us so there will be much violence in every corner’s in Nigeria.My number 1 wicked people is the government.

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