Goodluck election victory: VP house, governor' office burnt as violence erupts in northern Nigeria

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LONDON: 18/04/2011

Nigeria Vice President: Namadi Sambo
The Kaduna residence of Nigeria’s Vice President, Namadi Sambo was burnt down early on Monday by irate youths following speculations that President Goodluck Jonathan is close to victory in the just concluded Nigeria’s presidential election.

Also protesters and looters pounced on shops belonging to non-indigenes in various parts of thr north over the loss of the presidential election to President Goodluck Jonathan.

As some states in the North of Nigeria are burning because of the likely victory of President Goodluck Jonathan in Saturday’s presidential elections, Already a curfew hasd been imposed in North West Kaduna state.

Anti-riot policemen and the military have been deployed to maintain the peace in the states as well as in Kaduna to enforce the curfew.

Also in Sokoto, a major uprising had been quelled following the intervention of security agencies dragged to quell series of protests and violent demonstrations .

The crisis intensified in Katsina, Gombe, Kano and Sokoto, all states lost by Jonathan to retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).

Nine persons were on Sunday killed in Gombe when the home of the State Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party-PDP was torched.

The crises, according to sources, are ignited by the victory of Jonathan in the election against the wishes of Northern elite.

Jonathan lost virtually all the states controlled by his ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Islamic area in the North where opposition to his aspiration emanated

Not less than 10 people have been killed while cars, houses and other valuables were destroyed in the aftermath of the presidential polls in different parts of Bauchi State.

The violence also extended to Gombe State where nine people were reportedly killed on Sunday as Buhari supporters protested against what they said was the collusion between electoral officers and the ruling PDP in the state to deny their party victory in the state.

Kaduna violence
Muhammadu Buhari, a northern contestant from the north went on the television on Saturday claiming to have got reports that there were flown in thumb-printed voters cards, alleging that there were moves by the ruling party to rig the election. His claims had fueled the wild protest, even though the claim is yet to be substantiated.

However on Monday morning, Buhari claimed he has lodged a complaint with the Independent National Electoral Commission over the results of the presidential election held in various parts of Nigeria last Saturday.

Speaking on Aljazeera, Monday, in reaction to questions on the rising protest and violence in the North where he has a large number of supporters, Mr Buhari said the announced results were false and that he had laid his complaints before the electoral body. He said the body has agreed to check the score sheets manually and compare with the results they inputed to their electronic system.

The former head of state said he based his allegations of electoral fraud on reports he got from party representatives from various polling booths in the North.

Although attempts to burn the private home of the state governor, Danjuma Goje was foiled, the protesters razed the home of the state chairman of the PDP and those of his neighbours.

The mostly young protesters are displeased that the PDP recorded about 32 percent of the votes counted in the state and they blame the state government for this.

In Bauchi, the campaign office of the Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda located on Ran Road was completely burnt down while several vehicles belonging to PDP agents were also burnt by the irate youth who blocked the main Ahmadu Bello Way leading to the Sa’adu Zungur Model School which served as the collation centre for the presidential election.

In Azare, angry youth set the house of the Bauchi State chairman of the PDP, Ibrahim Yaro-Yaro, on fire as well as the house of the Deputy National Secretary of the party, Musa Babayo just as other structures belonging to PDP members were torched.
Security cordon

In Misau, reports have it that the family house of the secretary to the state government, Ibrahim Dandija was torched by the youth while a youth corps member, who was an electoral official in one of the polling centres, was beaten at his station during the exercise and is now receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Bauchi.

In Alkaleri, the youth unleashed terror on people, setting buildings and cars ablaze just as the Chairman of Kirfi Local Government Council, Ibrahim Galadima and that of Bauchi LGC, Sabo Abdullahi Mohammed were molested while their vehicles were destroyed.

In Wuntin-Dada and Guru Area of Bauchi metropolis, three people were killed by the youth who questioned why the PDP won in some of the polling units in the area, just as two more people were killed in the Kofar-Dumi area of the Bauchi metropolis with pockets of houses and cars also torched in the areas.

Armed soldiers as well as anti-riot policemen have been deployed to strategic locations in Bauchi to maintain peace. A police source said a number of the protesters have been arrested by the State Police Command which, however, has not made any public comments on the violence.

Calls to the Commissioner of Police, John Abakasanga and the command’s spokesperson, Mohammad Barau were not answered as at the time of going to press.

In Kano, supporters of General Buhari were seen jubilatiing when they saw military planes hovering over the Metropolis.

They concluded that there was a coup and the jubiliation cut across the masses and the some elites who equally would not want an ‘arne’ (meaning non-believer) being declared the winner.

They were also seen chanting ‘a raba’ (the country should be divided)

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Its quite unfortunate. I can now see the level of illiteracy in the North…. They have refused to be educated despite attempts to make education free through “UBE”. This country is nobody’s birthright, it belongs to us all!! It is bigger than anybody or group from North, South, East and West. Please stop this violence and don’t drag this country further backwards..