Bayelsa Volunteers / Bayelsa Volunteers Anti-Sea Piracy Squad (Nigeria)

Country: Nigeria
Details of Formation: The PGM was formed in August 2003 by the Bayelsa state government in order to fight the increased activities of pirates. They were formerly known as “Isein Peace Council” until the government employed their services.
Details of Termination: On 26 May 2009 the leader of the PGM, Ken Nweigha, was arrested by the state Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa State.
Purpose: The militia was used by the state government to combat sea piracy and to protect oil pipelines in the Delta region. It was supposed to curb crime and acted as a waterway patrol.
Organisation: No information.
Weapons and Training: No information.
Size: --
Reason for Membership: No information.
Treatment of Civilians: No information.
Other Information: Other states in Nigeria may possess similar vigilante groups, but evidence on whether those groups are armed is missing: Delta State Vigilante Groups, Kaduna State Vigilante Group, Kano State Vigilante Group, Osun State Vigilante Group and Yobe State Vigilante Group (see evidences). See also similar federal state-sponsored State Vigilante Groups in the databank.
References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD.