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Restive Oil region braces as Nigeria heads toward election

B-DERE, NIGER DELTA, NIGERIA- JULY, 2016: In B-Dere an oil spill from Shell in 2007, polluted all the water, depriving the fishermen of fishes and intoxicating the soil. Nothing is growing anymore is crying Nambi Azikiwe. (Picture by Veronique de Viguerie/ Reporatge by getty Images).

Heavily armed Nigerian troops crouch behind sandbags outside Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Kolo Creek pumping station, underscoring the tension pervading the oil-rich Niger River delta before general elections on Saturday. As the race between President Muhammad Buhari and his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar, nears its climax on Saturday, the military has stepped up its presence…

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