Nigeria: July 11, 2001

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  The Bakassi Boys vigilantes killed a notorious gang leader in the southeastern city of Onitsha. This was done before thousands of cheering civilians and in defiance of orders from the national police to turn the gangster over. The Bakassi Boys are sponsored by the state governor. Last month, the governor and the national police achieved a compromise whereby the Bakassi Boys and police would cooperate. 

 

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