Four people died on Tuesday night and yesterday morning in the wild celebration that greeted the declaration of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as winner of last Saturday’s presidential election in Gombe and Sokoto states.
Two of them died in a motor accident which occurred among the celebrants at Billiri, headquarters of Billiri Local Government Area, a stronghold of the Peoples Democratic Party, while another died yesterday morning in Gombe, the state capital.
The incident in Gombe metropolis did not come as a surprise to the residents as it has suddenly become a stronghold of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Life was gradually returning to the state, having been shutdown since last Saturday due to fear of the unknown, when the wild celebrations drove people back to their homes, especially business concerns.
Spokesman for Gombe State Police Command, Fwaje Atajiri, said they had succeeded in dispersing the crowds of celebrants as their activities were taking a worrisome dimension.
He said they have also warned that the police would not spare anyone who takes the law into his hands as they are committed to sustaining peace in the state.
Atajiri however said he was not aware of any death and had not been briefed on the situation as operation was still in progress at the time this report was filed.
The police asked members of the public to go about their activities without fear as the command was on top of the situation.
In Sokoto, one person was killed during the celebration of Gen. Buhari’s victory.
The corpse of the victim was deposited at Usman Dafodiyo University, Sokoto.
The Police Command Spokesman, Al-Mustapha Sani, said they were alarmed that hoodlums had hijacked the victory rally, saying that, “We mobilised our people immediately to the scene even though, we are yet to be briefed on the death of the young boy.”
The ugly incident did not stop majority of APC supporters who went ahead with their jubilation.
They praised President Goodluck Jonathan for conducting a free, fair and credible election.


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