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Soldiers and policemen deploy to secure the venue during a rally of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Maiduguri on January 24, 2015. Boko Haram fighters have killed 15 villagers near Maiduguri, the epicentre of the Islamist group’s six-year insurgency where President Goodluck Jonathan is to hold an election rally on January 24. The latest attack came as Jonathan was due to hold a rally for his re-election for the February 14 polls in Maiduguri, the first in the embattled city after a series of campaign stops across Nigeria. Security was beefed up ahead of the event with hundreds of armed police and sniffer dogs deployed at strategic areas. AFP PHOTO/ TUNJI OMIRIN