Several killed in Nigeria election violence

Clashes and protests have disrupted voting in many districts of Nigeria’s southern oil-rich Rivers state. The elections will choose state governors, some of the most powerful politicians in the West African country.

At least nine people have been killed as Nigerians voted for state governors, their deputies and local assemblies on Saturday. Most of the violence was reported in the fiercely contested Rivers state, Nigeria’s oil hub.

Opposition gubernatorial candidate Dakuku Peterside said eight of his supporters died and police said an officer was killed. Witnesses also reported shooting in the streets of several Rivers towns.

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“A lot of gunshots in the air as I speak to you, but the military is trying their best to bring the situation under control,” Livingstone Membere, president of the Kalabari Youth Federation told The Associated Press, from Asari Toru area in Rivers.
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