Three bomb blasts rock Maiduguri, in northeastern Nigeria as polls opened for the country’s gubernatorial and state assembly elections. No casualty reported. 24 of the 36 states vote today, with that of Kaduna and Bauchi scheduled for Thursday. Elections will not take place in 10 states that await clearance by either the court or INEC. [ info by a citizen reporter in Nigeria ]
Voting about to start across the nation. [ info by a citizen reporter in Nigeria ]
Fake soldier arrested by combined team of police and army at a polling unit in Amukoko, Lagos. [ info by a Nigerian reporter in Lagos ]
Election materials (sensitive & non-sensitive) distributed to almost all the LGAs of Abia State & voting in progress since 12.00 pm in just few polling units.
Brother to Hon. Stanley Ohajuruka(Abia LP Govt. Candidate) tries bridging electoral peace at Ward 5 Umuahia Urban I Unit 20 Ndagbo Etiti, Afara Umuahia North, but Men and officers of Nigeria Civil Defence restored peace there.
Group of boys with bus claiming to be PDP monitoring group instituted by the TC Chairman Arochukwu (Sampson Orji) attack ASETA & they are arrested by a team of Police, Civil Defence and Army. They are now in police net as 5 matchets were recovered from them.
All ballot papers at Amaeke 1 Unit 002 Otutu in Arochukwu LGA thumbprinted in advance (for PDP). Team of NSCDC, NPF & Army arrest youth copper at that unit who claims guilty that it was done under duress.
Ikechukwu Uwadinma (26yrs) & Joshua E. Ezebuiro, both PDP members are in NSCDC net for manhandling a voter Kalu Igwe C. (24yrs) at Urban School Rd. Primary I, Umuahia North. [ info by a citizen reporter in Nigeria ]
Nigeria’s lucrative state races turn violent as gunfire, ballot box thefts plague polls - Gunfire, ballot box thefts and fleeing poll workers plagued Nigeria’s state gubernatorial races Tuesday, as the oil-rich nation struggled to vote amid violence after the country’s presidential poll earlier this month left at least 500 people dead. The stability of Africa’s most populous nation is at stake as it concludes voting that began on April 9 with parliamentary elections. The gubernatorial races, being held in two-thirds of Nigeria’s 36 states, draw politicians hungry for control of state budgets that dwarf those of neighboring nations. In the southern Nigerian village of Ikot Efum, witnesses said gunmen stormed a polling station, fired Kalashnikov rifles into the air and stole the yet-to-be-used ballot papers and ballot box before dragging off an election official as well. The two police officers assigned to the polling center carried no weapons of their own and merely sat down after the attack. ( To Read More Visit:http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/d0646289cf274a31b20bade411c6c0fe/AF–Nigeria-Election/ ). [ info by Jon Gambrell, Associated Press ]