Gun­men kill nine peo­ple in south­ern Nige­rian oil state; two in­jured: po­lice

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Gun­men stormed two com­mu­ni­ties in Nige­ria’s south­ern oil state of Rivers, killing at least nine peo­ple and in­jur­ing two oth­ers a week ahead of a gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion, po­lice said Satur­day.

“It was about 19: 30 hours (1830 GMT) of yes­ter­day (Fri­day). Some un­known armed men in­vaded Obrikom and Obor com­mu­ni­ties and went on a shoot­ing spree,” state po­lice spokesman Ah­mad Muham­mad said in a state­ment.

Muham­mad said an ini­tial death toll of six had risen to nine.

The as­sailants also set ablaze the house of a lo­cal politi­cian, Vin­cent Og­bagu, who is a state par­lia­ment can­di­date in the April 11 elec­tion, he said.

Po­lice were look­ing for the as­sailants, Muham­mad said.

Elec­tions for state gover­nor and par­lia­ment are sched­uled to take place on April 11 in about 30 Nige­rian states, in­clud­ing Rivers and La­gos.

Obrikom and Obor are neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties in Rivers, one of Nige­ria’s most restive states.

The oil- pro­duc­ing state has been con­trolled by Pres­i­dent-elect Muham­madu Buhari’s op­po­si­tion All Pro­gres­sives Congress since state Gover­nor Ro­timi Amaechi de­fected from the rul­ing Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party last in 2013.

A cur­few im­posed in the state to con­tain un­rest af­ter the op­po­si­tion dis­puted re­sults from last week­end’s gen­eral elec­tions was lifted on Thurs­day.

Out­go­ing Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan — who lost na­tion­ally to Buhari — was de­clared the win­ner in Rivers with nearly 95 per­cent of the vote.

The gov­ern­ment im­posed the cur­few af­ter thou­sands of op­po­si­tion sup­port­ers de­scended on the elec­toral of­fice in the state cap­i­tal Port Har­court on Sun­day and Mon­day to de­mand a re­run of the vote.

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