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last updated 18-Aug-2020

News articles and special reports related to mafias and organized crime in Africa. We cover mafia organizations as well as patterns of criminality such as kidnaps and ransoms, prostitution and human trafficking, modern-day slavery and human exploitation, assassinations, and mass scams. The Adverse Private Forces we primarily focus here are groups such as Nigerian and mining-related mafias. Overlaps with maritime piracy and rebel-related activities activities are to be found, so please browse those sections too.




Nigeria: Missing Girls Expose Kidnap Capital as Nigerians Pay Ransoms. More than 1,000 people were kidnapped in Nigeria in 2012, the highest on record, according to Red24 Plc (REDT), a Glasgow, Scotland-based security services company. The kidnappers in the oil-rich Niger River delta used to target mainly foreigners, who accounted for more than half of the victims in 2007, according Control Risks. Last year, 84 percent were Nigerians. By Chris Kay, Bloomberg News, June 11, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE

Read about the 200 Nigerian kidnapped girls on the TERRORISM IN AFRICA page, Boko Haram section
Companies such as Control Risks and Red24 are covered on our COMPANIES pages


The motivation to expand and include a segment focusing on Adverse Private Forces (APFs) has it origins on a key argument put forward in the book Private Armed Forces and Global Security. The author of the book argues that a dichotomy in the private realm has emerged, whereby PMCs/PSCs legitimately work alongside state forces and multilateral actors deterring or counteracting the predatory advances of APFs. The author further suggests that the emerging and defining conflicts of the 21st century are likely to feature PMCs/PSCs (in partnership with state and multilateral forces) fighting against varied arrays of APFs. The main categories of APFs examined in the book and covered here are terrorist organizations, rebels and insurgents, pirates, mafias, and drug trafficking organizations. Thus, we hope this new segment will become a relevant resource to understand 21st century conflicts.



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