Gunmen Kill Four at Political Meeting in Southern Nigeria, Military Says

Gunmen attacked a political meeting in Bayelsa state in Nigeria’s southern oil region, killing four people and injuring several others, a military spokesman said.

The rally yesterday at Opokuma town by hundreds of Labor Party supporters of Timi Alaibe, a former adviser of President Goodluck Jonathan vying for governorship of Bayelsa, was invaded by attackers with guns and machetes, Colonel Timothy Antigha, a military spokesman in the region said by phone from the oil hub of Port Harcourt today.

“The military has brought the situation under control and 14 people were arrested,” Antigha said.

Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, is gearing for general elections in April and has seen an upsurge in violence linked to the coming vote. Political parties are currently holding primaries to choose candidates in time for a Jan. 15 deadline to send their list of nominees to the country’s electoral commission.

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