Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Seven killed in clashes after election upset in Taraba

09 November 2015, 06:56

Kano - At least seven people were killed Sunday in clashes between supporters of rival political parties in Taraba state after a court nullified the election win of the state governor, police said.

"Seven people were killed and 15 injured in fighting between supporters of PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) and APC (All Progressives Congress) in Wukari following the election tribunal verdict overturning the governorship election in favour of the APC," Taraba state police spokesman Joseph Kwaji said.

"Several homes and businesses were burnt in the violence which was brought under control by anti-riot policemen," Kwaji said.

Residents in the town of Wukari, some 220 kilometres (140 miles) from the state capital Jalingo, gave a higher toll however of 13 dead and 39 injured.

An election petition tribunal in Abuja had ruled Saturday that Aisha Alhassan of the APC was the rightful winner of the April 11 polls, annulling the victory of Darius Ishaku of the PDP -- Nigeria's main opposition party at the federal level but the governing party in Taraba state.

Alhassan, a Muslim and the only female candidate for governor across Nigeria's 36 states, was declared the winner on grounds of technicalities after the tribunal ruled that Ishaku's party did not follow proper procedure in nominating him to contest the election.

Also Read: Tribunal nullifies Taraba Speaker's election

The tribunal's decision puts Alhassan on the path to becoming Nigeria's first elected female governor although she will likely have more legal hurdles to overcome as Ishaku indicated he would appeal the ruling.

The deadly clashes first erupted when supporters of Alhassan, a lawyer and minister-designate in President Muhammadu Buhari's cabinet to be inaugurated on Wednesday, began celebrating her win on Saturday.

The violence continued into Sunday and took on ethnic and religious tones, with Muslim supporters of Alassan and Christian supporters of Ishaku launching attacks against each other, residents said.

Shehu Mohammed, a Muslim community leader, said six Muslims were killed and 30 injured, while a Christian leader, Zondo Hogu, said seven Christians died in the clashes and another nine were injured.

Wukari, a religiously divided town has for years been a flashpoint of sectarian unrest, with tensions leading to occasional deadly flare-ups over non-religious matters



Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...