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Nigerian human rights chief demands prosecution of assassins blamed for 94 election killings

FILE- In this  Monday, March 24, 2014  file photo, Chidi Anselm Odinkalu, chairman of the National Human Rights Commission speaks during an interview in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigeria's human rights chief is demanding that the government prosecute those responsible for the killings of at least 97 people in election-related violence in southern Rivers State.  (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba file)

FILE- In this Monday, March 24, 2014 file photo, Chidi Anselm Odinkalu, chairman of the National Human Rights Commission speaks during an interview in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigeria's human rights chief is demanding that the government prosecute those responsible for the killings of at least 97 people in election-related violence in southern Rivers State. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba file)  (The Associated Press)

Nigeria's human rights chief is demanding that the government prosecute those responsible for the killings of at least 97 people in election-related violence in southern Rivers State.

The chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, said in a Twitter message that the assassins belong in jail and Nigeria should end impunity for political violence.

Odinkalu chaired a commission of inquiry that in May published the names of 117 people it said should be prosecuted for crimes from killings to burning houses in the run-up to the March presidential and April governorship elections that brought Nigeria's first democratic change of government.

A tribunal Saturday nullified the election won by Rivers State incumbent Gov. Nyesom Wike, raising more tension in the oil-rich state.