2019 elections: Number of people killed on election day 1 revealed

Civil society organizations have put the number of persons killed during Nigeria’s Feb 23 general elections to 35.

The groups said on Sunday that as many as 35 people were killed in election violence in Nigeria after voters went to the polls in a tight presidential race between President Muhammadu Buhari and businessman Atiku Abubakar.

The groups said the death toll during Africa’s biggest election was higher than that of the 2015 poll which was widely considered to have been orderly, aside from a Boko Haram attack that killed more than a dozen people.

Clement Nwankwo, the convener of the Situation Room, which represents more than 70 civil society groups, said 16 people were killed in election violence across eight states, while Lagos-based consultancy SBM Intelligence cited 35 deaths.

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