Police against public executions by vigilantes

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NIGERIA: Police against public executions by vigilantes

ABIDJAN, 16 July (IRIN) - Nigeria's police chiefs have vowed to stamp out the practice by vigilante groups of executing suspected robbers, BBC reported. The vigilantes, including the Bakassi Boys in the southeast and the banned Oodua People's Congress (OPC) in the Lagos area, often decapitate suspects or set them on fire.

The police and human rights organisations oppose such extrajudicial executions because they are illegal and undermine police authority. "The idea of arresting people and, through more violence, killing them on the spot and burning their bodies - that is not the kind of Nigeria we want," BBC quoted Adbul Oroh of the Civil Rights Organization as saying.

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