Nigeria: Your Money Or Your . . .

Your Money Or Your . . .

Nigerians were warned. It only takes a touch, and you've lost them: your wallet from the back of your trousers or your manhood from the front. The rumor about vanishing male genitalia started sweeping Lagos two weeks ago, and by last week the capital was in a panic. Frightened mobs lynched or beat to death at least a dozen suspected organ robbers in crowded markets and bus stations, where being jostled by strangers is a fact of life. Nigerians were convinced that magicians could remove the male jewels at a touch, making them reappear in Lagos' witchcraft markets on sale for...

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