Nigeria Elections: Lawmaker, policeman, 7 others killed

A member of the Gombe State House of Assembly, Umar Aminu, and eight others were killed when suspected members of the Boko Haram attacked Gombe on Saturday morning.

The insurgents who attacked Dukku and Nafada local government areas of the state were said to have killed the lawmaker, a member of the All Progressives Congress representing Dukku South Constituency in the parliament.

A source told the News Agency of Nigeria that the insurgents, who came from Yobe, initially attacked Shole, Birin Bolewa and Birin Fulani towns of Nafada and later attacked Dukku.

There was confusion in the areas as some voters left the polling units but others later returned to be accredited, the source said.

According to the source, the insurgents killed three persons in Nafada Local Government Area, including a policeman and killed six persons in Dukku Local Government Area, including the legislator.

The source further said the insurgents left on the Dukku-Darazo road after the attack.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Gombe State, Fwaje Atajiri confirmed the report, adding that details of the incident would be given after investigations were completed.

“There was an attack on the outskirts of Nafada in attempt to disrupt the elections,” Me. Atajiri, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said. “A joint team of military and police officer promptly moved to Dukku and pushed the insurgents to the bush.”

Mr. Atajiri said elections were going on in the area and other areas of the state as the Special Forces were in control of the situation.

Reacting to the death of his colleague, member representing Akko North Constituency at the State House of Assembly, Gidado Lawanti, described his death as unfortunate.

He described the deceased legislator as a friendly and nice person who went along with everybody.

Mr. Lawanti prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased.

The deceased APC lawmaker was scheduled to seek re-election for his assembly seat on April 11.

Gombe has witnessed several Boko Haram attacks recently although it was never placed under a state of emergency like neighbouring Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe.

The insurgents, who had threatened to attack during the elections, have recently suffered heavy losses as the Nigerian military reclaimed several territory from them in the affected states.


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  • Tanko

    Very sad news. Very very unfortunate.
    DO WE REMEMBER MEMBERS OF ONE POLITICAL PARTY AND THEIR ONLINE MINIONS SINGING THE MILITARY ARE NOT NEEDED DURING ELECTIONS??

    TIME WILL SHOW THE LIARS IN OUR MIDS..

    • milwol

      Mr. Tanko it is not the primary duty of the military to man polling units….. I wonder what is the duty of the Police and Civil Defence?

  • Rommel

    Thought the IG was making noise that people should go and vote without fear of intimidation

    • Kentus

      But your have hundreds of security personnels around there. What are they there for? To collect bribes from politicians and to rig election?

    • Tanko

      Thought u guys said military back up not needed???
      You guys will eat all yur lies very soon!

  • onenigerian2014

    APC said no soldiers now we can all see their plan.

  • burning spear

    APC SAID SOLDIERS SHOULD NOT BE DEPLOYED ANYWHERE NEAR THE POLLING STATIONS————–SO BE IT————–ITS APC THAT IS CALLING THE SHOTS——————-NOT JONATHAN

    • Abdul

      APC did not say military should not be deployed to protect our borders, what APC said, military should not be deploy to the polling centers. By the way, military were still deployed for the election and we have seen them harassing everybody. Maybe they are there to do PDP bidding instead protecting the citizens. I hope PDP did not send terrorist to kill this people to justify themselves.

  • burning spear

    Kano state have dropped the use of card readers in all they Polling units that the device failed in the state.
    Details coming shortly

    • B.Messi

      Chai! Choi!!
      But why won’t PT tell us na??
      Abeg keep the updates coming ooo!

    • bib

      This is blatant lie

  • obamajack2

    Apc should itself be blamed for the loss of those precious lives . For opting that soldiers should be not manning the streets on election days.

  • Thevictor

    What the court said was that no military man should deploy to polling centre not on the street. However,the report did not say killins happened at the polling centre. Moreover,in Bauchi State,a report said the army personnels a town there ran for cover with their three vehicles and came out when the gun men left. So,what do you have to say to that?