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Jega, INEC boss, escapes mob attack in Jigawa

By Aliyu Dangida
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Mohammed Jega,  reportedly escaped death, yesterday,  when some youths attacked him at the palace of the Emir of Kazaure, Alhaji Najib Hussaini Adamu, in Jigawa State.

Jega  was said to be  in the town  to attend the wedding of the daughter of  emir. It was gathered that trouble started around 12:30 pm when the INEC boss was coming out  of  the palace and the  youths identified him.

A  young girl allegedly led the attack when she collected  sand  and threw  it at the  vehicle in which  the INEC chairman was riding. Then the youths, Sunday Vanguard learnt, in hundreds, began to hurl stones at Jega’s convoy. Several  cars in the convoy were said to have been damaged and their glasses smashed.  Sources said the situation would have been worse but for the intervention of security forces. The youths sang war songs alleging betrayal on Jega’s path.

“You cheated us, you cheated the North, you declared falsed result, you denied General Buhari the chance to be the president of Nigeria, it was injustice, we will not forgive you”, some of them said..

Another drama played out immediately thereafter when retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the Congress of Progressive Change (CPC), arrived the scene.  The youths hailed him, saying he was the answer to Nigerians socio-economic, political, religious and ethnic problems. Contacted, however, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abdul, Jinjiri denied the attack on Jega.


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