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Jan Beek, Mirco Göpfert, Olly Owen, and Johnny Steinberg

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190676636

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190676636.001.0001

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Historicising Vigilante Policing in Plateau State, Nigeria

Historicising Vigilante Policing in Plateau State, Nigeria

(p.79) 5 Historicising Vigilante Policing in Plateau State, Nigeria
Police in Africa

Jimam Lar

Oxford University Press

Starting from the premise that in studying contemporary policing practices in Africa one needs to also acknowledge the role of non-state policing actors, this chapter explores the historicity of community policing groups, or, more pejoratively, vigilante movements, in Plateau State, Nigeria. It establishes a link between the plural policing landscapes of colonial and postcolonial Nigeria, and finally takes the Vigilante Group of Nigeria as a case study to highlight contemporary features and characteristics of this plurality. One of its features is, perhaps ironically, not the absence, retreat or weakness, but rather the extension of the state.

Keywords:   Policing practicese, Africa, Nigeria, Vigilantism, Vigilante Group, Plateau State, Colonial, Postcolonial History

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