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Nigeria accused of rights abuses

A leading US human rights group has accused Nigerian security forces of killings and other abuses in the oil-rich southern Delta region. New York-based Human Rights Watch said the killings had arisen from efforts to end civil unrest in the region. Thousands have been displaced and hundreds killed since ethnic clashes erupted in March. Militant Ijaw youths have targeted oil firms and rival Itsekeri communities demanding a share of oil wealth. Human Rights Watch called on Nigeria – the world’s seventh largest oil exporter – to bring the perpetrators to justice, hold fresh elections in the region and crackdown on oil theft, which it said was fuelling the conflict. Full Story

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