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Managing Vigilantism in Nigeria: A Near-term Necessity

Vigilantes have become so important to protecting the Nigerian public that for now the country has little choice but to rely on them.

Yet there are dangers.

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Authorities should better regulate these groups, while working to restore citizens’ trust in the police.

What’s new?

Nigeria has seen a proliferation of vigilante organisations to fight crime and protect the public.

These range from small bands of volunteers in villages and city neighbourhoods to large structures established by state governments.

Some have mandates to safeguard particular regions or ethno-religious groups.

Why did it happen?

New organisations are…

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