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Niger Delta Militants Keeping an Eye on Nigeria's Electoral Race

Friday, April 13, 2007

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria -- Nigeria's militants will keep a close eye on the upcoming presidential election but have no plans to disrupt them, according to a commander of one of the armed groups that in recent months have stepped up attacks on foreign oil installations in the petroleum-rich Niger Delta.

The leader, known as "Commander Akoko," said in a recent interview with World Politics Review that his gunmen, who number in the thousands, are "prepared to die" in their effort to force the Nigerian government to make good on promises to use oil wealth to improve infrastructure in the impoverished delta. ...

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