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TOP NIGERIAN DEPUTY AMONG 12 ACCUSED OF PLOT

Nigeria's cities were calm early today after military rulers said they had arrested 12 coup plotters, including the No. 2 aide to Gen. Sani Abacha.

A statement read on television Sunday said Abacha's deputy, Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya, 10 other army officers and a civilian had been arrested for planning to "violently overthrow the present administration."

In Lagos, the biggest city in Nigeria and the largest of Diya's Yoruba ethnic group, people snapped up newspapers to read the details, but there were no signs of increased security in Lagos or the capital Abuja.

Most of those arrested were Yorubas from the southwest, which has opposed the military since 1993 elections were scrapped as Yoruba tycoon Moshood Abiola was poised to win.

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