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vigilante

n. someone who takes the law into his/her own hands by trying and/or punishing another person without any legal authority. In the 1800s groups of vigilantes dispensed "frontier justice" by holding trials of accused horse-thieves, rustlers and shooters, and then promptly hanging the accused if "convicted." A mother who shoots the alleged molester of her child is a vigilante.

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The Police in Kebbi State has arrested six vigilante members for allegedly killing suspected kidnappers.
Sample of the meat was sent to a forensic lab to ascertain whether it was beef, as claimed by the cow vigilantes.
The man's step-dad is heard asking him "what the hell are you doing?" and telling him "this is serious", when he is informed why the vigilantes are at the house.
'It will be catastrophic one day if we do not disband them,' he advised and called on various groups like the CHRAJ, Peace Council, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and all the political parties to join in the discussion to disband the vigilantes.
So expect more cops to encounter and be overpowered by vigilantes. It's the '70s once more on Mar.
A total of 15 crimes have been raised because of online vigilante activity in the current year, with no such crimes recorded in the previous year.
CONCERNED residents have formed a vigilante group to tackle growing crime in Birmingham and Solihull after a spate of violent attacks.
Last month, suspected cow vigilantes assaulted two youths in Rohtas district for transporting beef, leaving them seriously wounded.
figure By MOHAMED AHMED Rising cases of insecurity, together with a spate of killings of innocent people mistaken for criminals by vigilante groups, have shaken Kisauni residents in Mombasa and who are now demanding for police action.
Police said the youths identified as Noor Mohammad and Shakeel Quraishi were carrying beef on their bike to supply in the local Akorhi Gola market in Rohtas district when a group of cow vigilantes caught them and assaulted them badly.
They are it for the like ourselves The man in handcuffs then remarks: "Are you even proper coppers?" He is led downstairs, still with Vigilante Guardians hands cuffed behind his back, and led to the back of a car park.