Nigeria police arrest over 300 people for electoral offences

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Nigerian police have arrested hundreds of people accused of committing electoral offences.

More than 300 people were arrested on suspicion of committing electoral offences during Nigeria's recent elections, according to Nigerian authorities.

"A total of 323 offenders have so far been arrested for various electoral offences and sundry crimes across the country," Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu said.

"Two officers also paid the supreme sacrifice, while some others were assaulted and injured," he added, vowing to liaise with the electoral commission for any prosecutions. 

Supporters of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari celebrate his electoral win in the streets of Yola, northern Nigeria.
Supporters of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari celebrate his electoral win in the streets of Yola, northern Nigeria.
AP

The February 23 polls saw incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress, defeat his main rival Atiku Abubakar from the Peoples Democratic Party.

Abubakar has rejected the result, calling the election a "sham" and vowed to file a legal challenge. 

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari holds his certificate of return in Abuja, Nigeria.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari holds his certificate of return in Abuja, Nigeria.
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Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, has a history of election violence and malpractice, including ballot-snatching, voter intimidation and vote-buying. 

During the ballot, which Buhari won by nearly four million votes, some 53 people were killed and dozens of others were injured, according to monitoring groups. 

In 2011, more than 1,000 were killed in post-election violence in northern Nigeria. 

Supporters of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari celebrate his electoral win in the streets of Kano, northern Nigeria.
Supporters of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari celebrate his electoral win in the streets of Kano, northern Nigeria.
AP

Source AFP - SBS

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