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Key Nigeria Opposition Leader Dead

A senior Nigerian opposition politician was shot dead on Wednesday in what could be the most serious political killing in the runup to the country’s elections in April, police and party officials said. They said Harry Marshall, a leading member of the All Nigeria Peoples Party and a weighty opponent of President Olusegun Obasanjo, was killed in the capital Abuja. “It is true he was killed in the early hours of this morning,” Ibrahim Modibo, the ANPP’s spokesman, told Reuters. A police spokesman confirmed the killing, which appeared to be the latest in a growing list of political assassinations adding to apprehension ahead of Nigeria’s critical polls. A police spokesman said national police chief Tafa Balogun had ordered an immediate investigation. Shocked ANPP leaders gathered in emergency in Abuja to discuss the loss of their stalwart politician. The ANPP is Nigeria’s second biggest party and most serious opponent of Obasanjo’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Full Story

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