MAIDUGURI  – THE Borno State Police Command, Wednesday in Maiduguri thwarted a plot to bomb an opposition party election rally on Tuesday, while gunmen shot dead five people in separate incidents.

Violence has marred the run-up to elections, beginning Saturday, in several states in the country. Politicians, religious leaders and police officers have been targeted in a spate of killings.

The state Police Commissioner, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, said the security forces had been tipped off about a threat ahead of an election rally by the All Nigeria People’s Party, ANPP.

“We received information that some people had completed training and were coming to attack some targets in Maiduguri … We succeeded in arresting some of them with explosives meant to disrupt the ANPP rally,” he said.

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