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Onitsha Traders Association Vigilante Group (Nigeria)

Name assigned by coder: no
PGM ID Number: 401
Country: Nigeria
Date formed: Nov. 1, 1999
Details of Formation: It is the security arm of the Onitsha Traders Association. It was founded to reduce crime in Onitsha.
Date dissolved: July 11, 2000
Details of Termination: The governor had banned the vigilante group of the Onitsha Traders Association following mass protest by traders in the town against their activities, and empowered the "Bakassi Boys" to take charge of the security of lives and property in the state. Th governor did not disband OTA as a body, but its vigilante outfit.
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type1
Government Link(s): sub-national government
Training and Equipment no information
Shared Information and Joint Operations yes
Shared personnel no information
Types of Material Support: merchant's guild
State Sponsor(s): none
Other Connection(s):
Membership: adolescents
Location: Onitsha
Force Strength: [unknown, unknown]
Target(s): criminals
Purpose(s): protect property and investment; anti crime
Other Information: Police and OTA vigilante group fougt each other in January 2000. However, state government never withdraw its support.