Area Boys

The omnipresent street gang of Lagos Megacity, most Area Boys are teens or younger (it’s a feeder of sorts to the more specialized crews as they get older, if they live that long). They act as a kind of informal police in many of the sprawl’s districts, especially in areas with a large Igbo population. They provide “security” for a fee, and extract tolls from travelers passing through areas they control. Although one of them on their own might not be much of a threat to an armed individual, there’s never just one, and many many more will come running at a moment’s notice.

It’s unclear who runs them, or who they pay up to, but someone up the chain has a pretty good setup going…

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Area Boys

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