Nigeria: August 29, 2001

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The Bakassi Boys vigilantes in southeast Abia State were set up by the provincial governor to deal with rampant crime. The police are controlled by the central government and are largely ineffectual. But now the Bakassi Boys are now going around collecting a "security tax." This is seen by most people as another form of extortion, and a sign that the Bakassi Boys have passed from being a solution to being part of the problem.

 

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