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30 killed in pre-election violence in oil state

10 March 2016, 19:27

Warri - Nigeria's governing party says at least 30 of its members have died as oil-rich Rivers state prepares for a rerun of legislative elections previously annulled amid fraud and killings.

Rivers state is a stronghold of the opposition Democrats who deny responsibility and, according to state government spokesman Austin Tam George, blame the spate of killings over two weeks on "satanic cult clashes."

Also read: Pre-election violence kills 58

The 2015 presidential and legislative elections that brought a historic change of government in Africa's biggest oil producer were relatively peaceful except in Rivers, where the National Human Rights Commission said nearly 100 people died.

The election for oil-rich Rivers state is set for March 19.

- AP


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