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Nigeria: Up to 39 Dead in Election Violence

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Nigeria’s delayed elections have not gone smoothly to say the least, with as many as 39 people dying, according to reports on February 24. The deaths occurred in post-election violence as the country waited to hear the election results.

President Muhammadu Buhari, 76, a former military ruler who is seeking a second term on an anti-corruption platform, is facing Atiku Abubakar, 72, a businessman and former vice president who has promised to expand the role of the private sector.

The Nigeria Police Force said 128 people had been arrested nationwide for election-related offenses including homicide, theft of ballot boxes and voter fraud. Thirty-eight weapons and a cache of explosives were also recovered.

Results have begun trickling in and election officials expect a substantial number to come in on February 26.

The election was postponed the previous week just hours before it was due to begin, with the authorities citing problems in delivering ballot papers and results sheets in some parts of the country.