Thursday, June 9, 2011

High Cost of Electoral Violence

Daily Champion
8 June 2011

High Cost of Electoral Violence

The recent admission by the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mr. Hafiz Ringim, that 518 people were killed in Kaduna State alone, during the post-presidential election violence that swept through some northern states, is a confirmation of the alarming toll that electoral violence is taking on the country.

Speaking at a forum organized by the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, in Abuja, to review the 2011 general elections, Ringim also disclosed that 157 churches, 46 mosques, 1,435 houses, 437 vehicles and 219 motorcycles were burnt in Kaduna and Niger states during the crisis, adding that about 22,141 persons were displaced in Kaduna alone.

Though these official figures could be far less than the actual figures, we still consider them quite frightening.

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