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Nigeria threat

Nigeria's military government threatened to impose a state of emergency yesterday as General Ibrahim Babangida sought support from senior army and police commanders for his controversial proposal to set up an interim administration of soldiers and civilians, Karl Maier reports from Lagos.

The threat of a state of emergency was made by Vice-President Admiral Augustus Aikhomu as criticisms of Gen Babangida's plan mounted in the run-up to three days of pro-democracy protests scheduled to begin tomorrow.