A large demonstration has been reported in Port Harcourt on Monday, March 11, to demand the release of election results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Demonstrators have reportedly gathered at the GRA Junction in the New GRA area of the city and have barricaded roads. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected near the demonstration. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
The final round of gubernatorial elections was held throughout Nigeria on March 9. Voters nationwide cast ballots for governors and members of the state houses of assembly.
As many as 70 people were reportedly killed in election-related violence during the presidential election on February 23. Incumbent President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party won the February 23 presidential election, with 56 percent of the vote versus 41 percent for the opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, his main challenger from the People's Democratic Party (PDP). Abubakar announced he will challenge the results in court, claiming the vote was marred with fraud.
Individuals in Port Harcourt are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate significant business and transportation disruptions and increased security measures, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Nigeria remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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