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Targeted killings in northern Nigeria as election looms

Barely five months ahead of Nigeria`s general elections, the northern part of the Africa`s most populous and oil-rich country is witnessing killings targeted at politicians.



Abuja: Barely five months ahead of
Nigeria`s general elections, the northern part of the Africa`s
most populous and oil-rich country is witnessing killings
targeted at politicians.

Unidentified gunmen yesterday killed Jamilu Bauchin
Bauchim, a special assistant to Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi
state.
Almost the same time, gunmen shot and seriously
wounded one of the security aides to governor Sule Giwa who is
now receiving treatment at a hospital where bullets were
extracted from his stomach.

Following the incidents, palpable fear has gripped
residents of the state.

Bauchi State Police Commissioner, Alhaji Danlami
Yar`adua said his command has swung into action to fish out
the criminals "anywhere they might be hiding".

"Yes, Jamilu was attacked when he was on his way to
Maiduguri to buy some horses, it was a private journey and
people suspected to be armed robbers attacked their vehicle,
he was shot and... he is dead," the governor`s special adviser
on political affairs and mobilisation, Abdumumuni Mohammed
Kundak said.

On whether the attacks have political undertones,
Kundak said: "I don`t believe that the incidences have no any
political undertones, you will agree with me that it is
affecting everybody both ordinary people and politicians
alike".

Violence ahead of elections is not new in Nigeria and
the recent incidences may be a signal of increasing
hostilities.

Yesterday, a provincial parliamentarian, Abel Oshevire
was kidnapped in southern state of Edo.
Last Friday, a man who claims to be the son of
Nigeria`s first Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was
kidnapped in the nation`s capital Abuja and later rescued
after police stormed the hideout of the abductors killing one
of them.

The victim, Jhalil Abubakar Tafawa Balewa heads a
campaign organisation for the president.

The country`s elections are scheduled for January and
several persons, including former military dictator General
Ibrahim Bagangida have indicated their intention to vie for
presidency.

However, President Goodluck Jonathan has not yet said
if he would contest and this has created some suspense.

He is from the southern part of the country whereas
the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has an arrangement
of rotating power between candidates of the north and the
south.

By providence he became president when former
President Umaru Musa Yar`Adua who is a northerner died early
this year.

PTI

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