88 People Die in Election Violence in Nigeria’s March Polls – NHRC

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has reported that Nigeria recorded 88 deaths linked to the electoral process during the just concluded gubernatorial polls.

Speaking at a press conference, Hilary Ogbonna, coordinator of mobilizing voters for election at the NHRC, disclosed that the country also saw 130 attacks by unknown gunmen and bandits, with six law enforcement agents killed, and 75 facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) attacked.

“Generally, in terms of voter intimidation and impression, the south-west recorded the highest of 75, followed by the north-central, south-south, and north-east,” Ogbonna said.

The NHRC has launched investigations into all the inciting comments, including 22 incidents of hate speeches recorded during the election.

Ogbonna said, “The rights to freedom of association were violated in Ebonyi and Lagos, right to dignity of the human person in Lagos, Edo, Delta, Benue. The right to participation was also violated in Lagos, Oyo, Rivers while voting-related killings were recorded in Ebonyi, Kano, Lagos, Borno.”

It should be recalled that Nigeria held presidential and gubernatorial elections on February 25 and March 18, respectively.

The elections were reportedly fraught with voter intimidation and electoral violence, and political parties and politicians have accused the INEC of wrongdoing and are challenging the results in court.