Nigeria: Post election violence erupts in multiple states
Lagos, Oyo, Abuja are the most affected areas
Protests, violence, and killings have trailed the announcement of Buhari’s second term in office. The spate of violence are not unconnected to forthcoming guber elections.
The primary areas where crisis has started in Lagos, Oyo, and Abuja.
A policeman and two traders were yesterday feared dead in the crisis that erupted at Okokomaiko and Lagos Island areas of Lagos state, following the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as winner of Saturday’s election.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said his re-election was “free and fair”, after his beaten rival denounced the results as a “sham” and promised a legal challenge that could dominate politics for weeks.
Reports have it that some Hausa youths took to the street at Okokomaiko, along the Badagry-Mile two expressway, chanting sai baba in celebration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory, pouring powder and water on themselves. But the celebration took a violent dimension when they barricaded the road, preventing motorists’ access. They attacked commercial motorcyclists and traders at Alaba Rago.
Buhari supporters intimidate Abuja residents Residents of Lugbe and road users along the busy Airport road, at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, were not spared in the harassment either, as they were thrown into panic, after supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari, trooped out in large numbers to block the major high way in celebration of his victory.
The protesters who were armed with sticks and other dangerous weapons including brooms, barricaded the entire road, making it impossible for vehicles to pass through. The protesters who went haywire forcing drivers and other occupants to say, ‘sai baba’ descended on anyone who refused to do their bidding.
Igbo traders threatened in Ibadan, compelled to swear an oath to vote for APC In Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State, were deprived from carrying out their daily commercial activities. Several spots in the market where most of the traders do businesses were empty. Traders lamented that they were being subjected to hardship, noting that they earned their living and took care of their family from whatever proceeds they made daily.