Pre-election violence Death Victims Rise To 58

February 14, 2015 1:15 pm
“In Kaduna State, we have three incidents and nine killings; Rivers
State has six incidents, including the detonation of explosives and
attacks on courts.’’
He said; “this degree of pre-election violence is unacceptable;  we have seen too much blood and this must be stopped.”

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) says no fewer than 58
people have been killed in election-related violence in 22 states from
December 3, 2014 to date.

Chairman, Governing Council of the Commission, Professor Chidi
Odinkalu, made the revelation on Friday in Abuja while presenting a
report entitled; “Pre-election Report and Advisory on Violence in
’s 2015 General Elections.”

Odinkalu said that within 50 days from December 3, 2014, the
commission had confirmed 61 incidences of election violence with the
majority of the cases recorded in three key economic and politically
significant states.
“In Lagos State, we have tracked at least 11 incidences producing 22
dead people for each incident, an average of two people killed over a
span of just 52 days.
“In Kaduna State, we have three incidents and nine killings; Rivers
State has six incidents, including the detonation of explosives and
attacks on courts.’’
He said; “this degree of pre-election violence is unacceptable;  we have seen too much blood and this must be stopped.”
According to him, “if this continues, it will lead the country into
more trouble. So, this is more than a report; it is an advisory because
it calls on all the leaders to rise to the challenge.”
He said the political leaders must send a loud and clear message to
their supporters that the forthcoming election is not a call to battle
but a contest among brothers and sisters.
Odinkalu also said that the commission had received 10 petitions for adjudication in relation to election-related violence.
He said that the commission had established an Election Violence
incidence Centre (EVIC) to enable it collate information on election
violence and seek intervention where necessary or ensure accountability.

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