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Traffic Delays Add to Lagosians’ Woes

Residents of Lagos, the most populous city in Nigeria – and Africa – have been dealing with even more traffic problems than usual because of the partial closure of the crucial Third Mainland Bridge. From 25 July last year, only one side of the bridge has been open to vehicles while essential maintenance work was carried out. It is the longest and busiest of the three bridges connecting the mainland to the islands, which form the commercial heart of the city and where some of the wealthier neighbourhoods are located. The bridge was due to re-open at the end of January, but this has now been put back by a month. The delay was blamed on the protests against police brutality, organised under the EndSars hashtag, which swept the country in October.