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JSPES, Vol. 32, No. 2 (Summer 2007)
pp. 131-151

Ethnic Militia Violence in Nigeria:
The Case of the O'odua Peoples' Congress (OPC)

John E. Anegbode
Monday Lewis Igbafen

Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria

This paper examines the destabilizing upsurge in ethnic militia
movements in Nigeria and its consequences for the security and well-being of the Nigerian state. It discusses the phenomenon of ethnic militia violence as exemplified by the O'odua Peoples' Congress (OPC) and highlights the crisis in multi-ethnic relations that is currently destabilizing the Nigerian political economy.