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Torture, Nigeria style

I know, I know, you've read the entire chapter of the Dictator's Handbook about security and police forces as well as the chapter on perpetuating a culture of fear, and you're thinking to yourself, "dammit, all the interesting torture practices have already been discovered and are being used elsewhere!  How am I supposed to innovate in this important area of governance?"


Fear not, young Dick.  Nigeria is here to show you the way.

From a recent Amnesty International report that studies the use of torture in Nigeria:


"The boy told Amnesty that melted plastic was poured on his back and he was asked to walk and roll over broken bottles in a hole, and cold water was poured on him and others.




A former soldier who served at Damaturu confirmed that torture was routinely used at the camp.


"An electrified baton is used on a person to make them talk," he told Amnesty.


"They tie people with their hands stretched behind their arms… people kept like that for six or seven hours lose their hands, people kept like that much longer can even die," he said.


Amnesty says the report was compiled using 500 interviews during 20 separate visits to Nigeria since 2007."



Of note, the Nigerian police force makes use of an informal Torture Officer to do the work. That's organizational purity, in this Dick's book.

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