Amnesty Int'l urges FG to investigate attacks on journalists in Kano re-run election

Amnesty Int'l urges FG to investigate attacks on journalists in Kano re-run election

- The federal government has been urged to investigate alleged cases of political thuggery and violence on electorate during the Kano re-run poll

- According to the Amnesty International, extensive electoral security problems were observed in some areas and security agencies were ineffective at protecting citizens’ right to vote

- Earlier, the EU observers said they witnessed organised violence and intimidation of voters during Saturday’s rerun election

Amnesty International has urged the federal government to investigate alleged cases of political thuggery and violence on journalists and the electorate during the supplementary election conducted in Kano state.

Isa Sanusi, Amnesty International spokesperson, made the call in an interview with BBC Hausa service, monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu, Yobe.

Sanusi said: “Amnesty International condemns the human rights violation during supplementary election exercise conducted in Kano especially on journalists and electorate.

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“We therefore call on President Buhari to lunch an investigation into the issue. Extensive electoral security problems were observed in some areas, with groups of men with weapons intimidating and obstructing the process, and security agencies ineffective at protecting citizens’ right to vote.”

INEC declared Abdullahi Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the governorship supplementary election.

The European Union Election Observation Mission said it witnessed organised violence and intimidation of voters during Saturday’s rerun in parts of Kano, Bauchi and Benue states.

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The mission said police and party leaders failed to prevent attacks on electoral officials by youth gangs armed with clubs and machetes in Nasarawa local government area of Kano state which accounted for one-third of all registered voters for the supplementary governorship election.

The EU EOM, in a statement on the supplementary poll, stated that its observers could not access many polling units in Kano due to security concerns.

According to the group of international observers, political leaders did nothing to control their supporters, while adding that so many people were pressurized into voting.

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