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Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Lagos


On the streets of Lagos, it is not the police who wield power but gangs of fight-hardened young men known as Area Boys. Louis spends time with several outfits, joining them as they patrol their turf, clash with local rivals and keep the peace in a brutal and haphazard fashion. The main income for the Area Boys is an arbitrary and unofficial form of taxation, extracted from local businesses and commercial drivers. Louis gets to know the rich and glamorous Area Boy leader MC, a former street youth himself, who has now become a friend of the most powerful men in the city. Taken under MC's wing, Louis experiences the top levels of the Area Boys' world from the inside, complete with a tour of MC's grand residence and extensive shoe collection, and ending in a chaotic mini-riot with gunshots, blood and mayhem. On the side of the law, Louis rides with KAI, the government's Kick Against Indiscipline paramilitary task force, as they storm different city districts. With bulldozers and arrest warrants, KAI use their own strong-arm tactics, and are in their way as feared as the Area Boys. In Law and Disorder in Lagos, Louis wrestles with life in a world in which the forces of law and the forces of disorder are not always readily distinguishable and nothing is quite what it seems.

Music

Broadcasts

  • 2010-10-10 21:00:00 - 2010-10-10 22:00:00 on BBC Two Scotland, BBC Two Northern Ireland, BBC Two Wales, BBC Two England,
  • 2010-11-29 01:00:00 - 2010-11-29 02:00:00 on BBC One Yorkshire, BBC One Oxford, BBC One South East, BBC One Cambridge, BBC One Channel Islands, BBC One East Yorkshire, BBC One Scotland, BBC One Northern Ireland, BBC One North East, BBC One North West, BBC One HD, BBC One West, BBC One South West, BBC One South, BBC One London, BBC One West Midlands, BBC One East Midlands, BBC One East, BBC One Wales,

Credits

  • Presenter Louis Theroux
  • Director Jason Massot
  • Producer Jason Massot
  • Executive Producer Nick Mirsky
  • Presenter Louis Theroux
  • Director Jason Massot
  • Producer Jason Massot
  • Executive Producer Nick Mirsky
  • Presenter Louis Theroux
  • Director Jason Massot
  • Producer Jason Massot
  • Executive Producer Nick Mirsky