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Source: Washingtonpost.com
By Fahim Nakade

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria -- Amnesty International says the government of oil-rich Rivers state in Nigeria "consistently violated its human rights obligations" by pushing through with a waterfront demolition plan in the city of Port Harcourt.

A report released Thursday by the group says evictions planned along Port Harcourt's waterfront could make more than 200,000 people homeless and strip them of their livelihood. The group says some evictions already carried out included security agents firing on slum dwellers last year, leaving at least 12 people seriously wounded.

A spokesman for Rivers state Gov. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi could not be immediately reached for comment, but the report quoted Amaechi denying any violence took place.

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