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Wednesday, 8 March, 2000, 01:19 GMT
Annan disappointed by Nigerian violence


The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, says he's disappointed with the religious violence that has claimed hundreds of lives across Nigeria in recent weeks.

Mr Annan said he hoped the Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, could bring under it control.

It was announced last week that governors of the mainly Muslim north had agreed not to proceed with the proposals to expand the jurisdiction of Sharlia Islamic law.

Meanwhile, government officials say police have restored order in the northwestern city of Sokoto -- Nigeria's historical centre of the Islamic faith -- after a day of rioting. In Kaduna, state radio says schools will re-open today after the curfew imposed after hundreds of people were killed last month was relaxed.

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