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Lagos bigwigs have long paid on-duty local cops to speed them through jams by riding shotgun with machine guns and menacing other drivers with bullwhips.

And:

In 2009, the latest year for such data, more than 2,600 Lagosians were forced to take a psychiatric exam at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital because of wrong-way driving, according to the state transportation commissioner.

Officials at the hospital say that the number was slightly lower and that they couldn’t recall the last person to fail the test. Failure would trigger more outpatient tests—and mean continued impoundment for the offending car, officials say.

The article is interesting throughout.

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It's sad that a land with so many generous bankers is cursed with these sorts of ills.

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riding shotgun with machine guns

That's the first time I've heard the phrase "riding shotgun" used literally!

the phrase originates with the literal western stage coach protection...

Don't forget the bullwhip. The whip is critical because you can't just shoot people who call your bluff.

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You saw this the last time you rode the stagecoach.

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I'd like to use Lagos-style enforcement tactics on people who camp in the left lane on the interstate. Why do they do that???

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"Dr. Ogun says that minibus drivers "may not be starkly mad, but they have some mental health issues." Among those issues: "They smoke a lot of cannabis." "

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