At least 33 people have been killed in post-election violence in Nigeria’s major cities alone according to witnesses and rescue workers.
There were disturbing scenes after rioters went on the rampage, setting fire to buildings, cars and people, furious that the sitting president Goodluck Jonathan won. They believe their candidate Muhammadu Buhari was cheated of victory in a rigged vote.
In one area of Kaduna province medical workers recovered a dozen bodies.
Interim Federal Police Commissioner in Kaduna State, Haruna John said: “We were over-stretched because they came out in their thousands, we estimate that their numbers across the state to be close to a million.”
President Jonathan appealed for the violence to end.
Buhari called for calm too, dissociating his party from the violence saying it was not instigated by his supporters.
Observers called it the fairest election in Nigeria for decades.