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Police & Thieves

Lagos: police and thieves

Been enjoying some late night/early morning walks through the urban landscape that is distinctly Lagos – dark streets puntuated up by small groups huddled around paraffin lamps taking in some late night street food, the very occasional passing vehicle and gated communities – the gates here are often sliced off of massive deconstructed shipping containers.

Middle class neighbourhoods here have a wonderful multilayered levels of security: the ‘gate keepers’ (younger boys) who keep an eye on who comes in and out; the private security guys paid for by the community – armed in this case with Nigerian-made rifles; and the police armed with AK 47s, working the 6pm to 6am shift. Familiar faces = social security.

Photo? Shot in near-darkness at 6400 ISO.