The post election crisis in the northern parts of Nigeria has not only escalated, but also spread to parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with two people reported to have died in Kano.

Disgruntled rioters in Kano embarked on an arson campaign, burning the houses of the Galadima of Kano, the palace of the Emir of Kano, as well as homes belonging to the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na Abba.  Two of the former Speaker's aides are said to have been lost to rampaging supporters of Muhammadu Buhari's Congress for Progressive Change.

In the Niger Delta region, a group has said [in a statement] it is inviting ex-combatants to an emergency meeting to discuss a response to the escalating cries in the north against the soon-to-be announced victory of Goodluck Jonathan at the Saturday polls. The group said it plans a meet at Gbekebor to review the Post-Election violence taking place in the Northern parts of the country. Those listed as conveners of the meeting include Tompolo, Annikio Briggs, George Kelly, Joseph Evah, and Tony Uranta.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, told reporters earlier today that he will continue the announcement of the rest of the presidential results at 9:00p.m. Nigerian time.

"In response to the new developments, the Office of the National Security Adviser has, in an unusual move, released batches of telephone numbers for Nigerians all over the country who wish to report security needs in their areas.  The numbers are: 096303520-23, as well as numbers 07057274630-34."

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