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Nigerian president admits police engaged in murder, rights violations

[JURIST] Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo [official website] has admitted that Nigerian police forces have engaged in killings of suspects and innocent civilians, as well as torture and other civil rights violations. Obasanjo's admission comes only weeks after Nigerian officials denied allegations of torture [JURIST report] made in a new report [text] by Human Rights Watch [advocacy website]. Obasanjo pledged swift action against all offending police officers, including six who are on trial for killing civilians and then posthumously framed them for armed robbery. IRIN has more.

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