Nigeria: Bomb scare in parts of Northern Nigeria

By Correspondent Chinyere Ogbonna–  As Nigerians go to polls today for the parliamentary election, there has bomb scare in parts of the northern part of the country. Yesterday the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in Suleja, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory was bombed by unidentified bombers. According to reports, many regular and ad-hoc staff of INEC including members of the National Youth Service Corps who make up the majority of the ad-hoc staff lost their lives in the bomb explosion.

The number of people who died in the incident is not clear yet as there are conflicting reports on the number of people that died in the attack. While some reports said eleven were confirmed dead by medical experts, others reported over twenty, some others reporty that about fifty lost their lives in the incident.

Meanwhile, Police authorities in Kaduna, North-West Nigeria have discovered four bombs that were about to explode at Mahuta  in the outskirt of the city Kaduna. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. John Haruna, disclosed the information when he visited the area on Friday.

He said that each of the four bombs discovered has the capacity to destroy a market were discovered after the fifth one exploded in the area killing one of the bombers.

Another bomber was reportedly injured while two others were arrested in connection with the incident. Mr Haruna also said that security  reports have indicated that the bombers were targeting religious gathering and  some polling units in the area.

The commissioner however warned people against anything that would jeopardize the electoral process as police will not  hesitate to deal ruthlessly with any body found wanting.