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Nigerian Leader Blamed For Killing

The opposition All Nigeria People’s Party has said it holds President Olusegun Obasanjo and the ruling party responsible for the death of one of its senior official. ANPP chairman Don Etiebet was speaking after Harry Marshall was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his home on Wednesday morning in the capital, Abuja. The BBC’s Dan Isaacs in Lagos says that although no-one is yet claiming responsibility, Mr Marshall’s death has all the hallmarks of a political killing. He says that if this does indeed prove to be a political killing, it will be by far the most serious incident in the run up to April’s national elections. Dozens of people have died in political violence in recent months. “If the situation continues we shall have no choice but to call upon Nigerians to defend themselves,” said Mr Etiebet, sitting next to the party’s presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari at an Abuja news conference. Mr Marshall was a senior figure in the ANPP, which is expected to pose the greatest challenge to President Olusegun Obasanjo’s re-election campaign. Full Story

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