Not less than 50 people have been reported killed during and after last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), yesterday, reported.
The commission’s Governing Council, Dr Chidi Odinkalu, in a statement signed by the NHRC applauded Nigerians for refusing to be discouraged by operational and logistical hiccups in the electoral process.
However, the commission also noted that the voting process was not without some challenges, including cases of violence and security violations.
“At the end of yesterday, the number of persons reported killed in these attacks and incidents is over 50.
“This number includes one state legislator, a community leader and two (2) ad-hoc election staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who have allegedly been killed in an extremist attack in Gombe State, as well as the killing of an asset of the Nigerian armed forces in Rivers State.
“There were also reported cases of injuries from politically-motivated violence in Edo, Ekiti, Imo, Lagos, and Kano States as well as allegations of snatching of ballot boxes, Card Readers and related election materials in some states, like Akwa Ibom, Benue, Gombe, Imo, Niger, and Rivers ,” the chairman said.