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Soldiers deployed as fear of electoral violence keeps Nigerians indoors

By Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North

ABUJA—For the second day running, Nigerians in the Federal Capital Territory stayed indoors for most of the day, fearing possible outbreak of electoral violence over the results of the Presidential elections.

The collation of the results from the 36 states and Abuja had proceeded steadily but was held down for over 30 minutes on Tuesday morning when a former minister of the Niger Delta tried to force INEC Chairman to stop the release of the results, thereby raising more anxiety among frightened Nigerians.

Across the nation’s capital, soldiers and riot policemen decked in their war fatigue took vantage positions, checking for possible troublemakers and communicating with their command control with sophisticated equipment.

One of the military vans was sighted on the entrance to the road linking the Supreme Court and the Presidential Villa while many others were deployed in strategic locations and public institutions in the FCT.

One of the vans bearing soldiers was seen at the entrance of the Nigerian Television Authority in Area 11 Abuja opposite the Federal Capital Territory Administration, which is a beehive of activities.

As the security agents took positions to ward off any eventuality, Nigerians fearing possible outbreak of bloody violence, kept off the streets and opted to remain indoors for most of the day.

Most business owners largely avoided their shops, preferring to reopen only after the presidential election results had been made public by INEC.

Most of the markets in the FCT-Garki, Wuse and others remained empty as traders and buyers avoided those places.

 


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