Breaking: Multiple explosions rock Maiduguri on election day

Breaking: Multiple explosions rock Maiduguri on election day

Multiple explosions were heard in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital in Northeast Nigeria on Saturday morning, February 23.

According to Daily Trust, the explosions which started at exactly 5:52am, were reportedly more than eight.

The explosions were said to have occurred around Molai, Dambo’a road, Bulumkutu and Njimtilo road axis.

Report has it that gunfire and explosions were also heard from other parts of Maiduguri metropolis.

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Nigerian troops have reportedly restored calm, according to Ahmad Salkida, a journalist known to have the knowledge, to a large extent, on the workings of the different factions Boko Haram in Nigeria’s northeast.

The situation seems to have been contained by the Nigerian troops. Hopefully people will be assured to go out and cast their votes,” he said.

This is coming on a day Nigerians are heading to the polls to elect a new president and their representatives at the National Assembly.

The government had earlier promised that security apparatus have been put in place to ensure the safety of the electorate.

Legit.ng had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, February 22, had addressed the nation as the people await the D-Day.

He said: "Do not be afraid of rumours of violence and unrest. Our security agencies have worked diligently to ensure that adequate security measures are in place.

"You will be able to vote in an atmosphere of openness and peace, devoid of fear from threat or intimidation."

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The president further assuaged fears, following the previous postponement of the election; imploring Nigerians to cast aside doubts and have faith that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will rise to the occasion.

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