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39. Indeed, in 2007 Human Rights Watch stated that “Nigeria has not held a free and fair general election since the end of military rule.” Human Rights Watch, “Election or ‘Selection’? Human Rights Abuses and Threats to Free and Fair Elections in Nigeria,” April 4, 2007, available from www.unhcr.org/refworld/ docid/463732ec2.html.

40. BBC, “Nigeria Riot Victims Swamp Medics,” December 1, 2008, p. 1, available from news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7758098. stm.

41. U.S. State Department, Human Rights Practices 2006.

“Nigeria,” Country Report on

42. European Election Observation Mission, “Nigeria Final Report: Gubernatorial and State Houses of Assembly Elections 14 April 2007 and Presidential and National Assembly Elections 21 April 2007,” August 23, 2007, p. 4, available from ec.europa. eu/external_relations/human_rights/eu_election_ass_observ/nigeria/ report_final_annex_23-08-07_en.pdf.

43. Human Rights Watch, “Nigeria: Presidential Election Marred by Fraud, Violence,” April 25, 2007, p. 1, available from www.hrw.org/en/news/2007/04/24/nigeria-presidential-election- marred-fraud-violence.

44. Shehu Yar’Adua had been an army officer before moving into politics. Unlike his brother, he was both charismatic and gregarious until his untimely death in one of Sani Abacha’s prisons.

45. Human Rights Watch, “Nigeria: Arbitrary Killings by Security Forces in Jos,” December 19, 2008, p. 1, available from www.hrw.org/en/news/2008/12/19/nigeria-arbitrary-killings-security- forces-jos.

46. Human Rights Watch, “Arbitrary Killings by Security Forces Submission to the Investigative Bodies on the November 28-29, 2008 Violence in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria,” July 2009, p. 1, available from www.unhcr.org/refworld/pdfid/4a641c0e2.pdf.

47. He was shot and killed while in police custody on July 30, 2009.

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