As news filtered in that Goodluck Jonathan would be declared winner of yesterday’s presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), violence has been reported in the northern Nigeria states of Gombe, Sokoto and Adamawa.

The violence in Gombe began when rumours spread that northerners in the southeastern states were prevented from voting in the election. The Gombe State government has already imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew to prevent an escalation of the crisis.

In Adamawa State, some citizens are up in arms against the state government in Madagali and Mubi local government areas as well as Yola metropolis. The protesters allege that the state governor, Murtala Nyako, changed election result figures overnight.

There have also been skirmishes in Sokoto, as well as  an explosion in Maiduguri.

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