Nigeria elections: Blast hits presidential rally

LAGOS - A female suicide bomber has blown up herself in northern Nigeria's Gombe city, minutes after President Goodluck Jonathan left a campaign rally there.

At least one person was killed and 18 others were wounded in the blast, police and hospital sources said.

Mr Jonathan is standing for re-election on 14 February against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.

Militant Islamist group Boko Haram has stepped up its attacks in the run-up to the contest.

It has not commented on the blast.

Explosions have also ripped through court buildings in three towns in oil-rich southern Nigeria in what police described as co-ordinated attacks.

Dynamite was suspected to have been used in the attacks in Port Harcourt city and the towns of Isiokpo and Degema in oil-rich Rivers State, regional police spokesman Ahmad Muhammed said.

There were no casualties, but the court building in Degema was "razed down and documents burnt", he is quoted by Nigeria's privately owned Daily Trust newspaper as saying.

Boko Haram is not known to be active in the oil-producing region, where militants demanding a greater share of Nigeria's oil wealth have carried out attacks in the past.

In the blast in Gombe, the bomber blew herself up near a car, Gombe state police spokesman Fwaje Atajiri told the BBC.

He said a female passerby had been killed, contradicting earlier reports that three people had been killed in the blast.

    Comments (3)

    I believe no same person should vote for Mr. Goodluck Jonathan. For a leader of such a wealthy and powerful African nation he has really let down his people because the terrorist group Boko Harem has thrived and grown multi-fold during his wake. To think that nearly a year has passed since the abduction of over 200 innocent school girls and he has failed to rescue these children despite he being the Commander- In- Chief of arguably one of Africa's strongest military is a scandal of unprecedented proportion. The man has the nerve to seek re-election when his country is literally burning from terrorist insurgents. Now the terrorists are virtually running rings around his frightened army unchallenged! The Nigerian army is now virtually Africa's weakest. Civillian leaders have been disastrous for Africa's most populous nation going as way back as the first republic administration of Sir Tafawa Balewa, to Alhaji Shehu Shagari and the short lived Ernest Shonekan administration. Nigeria saw unprecedented growth and prosperity during the military leadership of General Yakubu Gowan, General Olesegun Obasanjo as well as that of General Ibrahim Babangida. It goes then without saying that only a strongman with foresight seems best placed to be the glue that can bind together this porous and badly divided nation. I feel the deposed General Buhari or ex-military ruler GeneralBabangida should each be given another chance to make a come back as civilian politicians to rescue Nigeria from the abyss that the clueless Goodluck Jonathan regime has placed it.

    tafa mutekwe - 4 February 2015

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