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Nigerian oil state boosts security amid vote dispute

17 November 2011

YENAGOA, Nigeria Nov 17 (Reuters) - Troops and police have been deployed in President Goodluck Jonathan's home state in the oil-rich Niger Delta to boost security amid an escalating row over the incumbent governor's exclusion from a re-election run.

Armed police manned dozens of checkpoints around Bayelsa's state capital Yenagoa on Thursday and armoured personnel carriers have been driven into the region, witnesses said.

"The security situation is because we don't want to take any chances and we have position our men around for stop and search due to the political atmosphere in the state," state police spokesman, Eguavoen Emokpea, told Reuters.

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