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Neighbourhood Watch a.k.a Vigilante Groups (Nigeria)

Name assigned by coder: no
PGM ID Number: 402
Country: Nigeria
Date formed: Sept. 30, 1996
Details of Formation: Neighbourhood watch was set up under Edict No.34 Volume 29 of October 21, 1996 in Lagos state to assist the police in combat crime at a community level. The concept has been adopted by Edo, Enugu and Amambra state.
Date dissolved: Unknown
Details of Termination: Still existing.
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type2
Government Link(s): sub-national government
Training and Equipment yes
Shared Information and Joint Operations yes
Shared personnel no information
Types of Material Support: domestic government; plunder and loot; foreign support
State Sponsor(s): United Kingdom
Other Connection(s):
Membership: village/rural
Location: Lagos, Anambra, Edo, Adamawa and Enugu state
Force Strength: [3000, unknown]
Target(s): civilians; criminals
Purpose(s): protect property and investment; self-defense and security; anti crime
Other Information: -Only limited information was found regarding operational activity. However, due to the nature of this PGAG, we can assume that they have been active constantly. The grassroots level of operation can be assumed to bias press-coverage. -Also employed to monitor waste management in Lagos. -First the membership was voluntarily but evolved into full-time basis employment (from 2000). -In Adamawa, it is called "Neighbourhood Watch Organisation and was installed in 2001. "

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