Nigerian authorities said they will investigate whether the military complied with the rules of engagement in a clash with Islamist militants that a local official said left 185 people dead, mostly civilians.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan , who is leading in the vote count in Nigeria’s presidential elections, is also close to meeting the constitutional requirement of winning a quarter of the votes in two-thirds of 36 states, which would give him victory in Africa’s top oil-producing nation.
President Goodluck Jonathan extended his lead in Nigeria’s presidential vote with about half the results released, having 9.5 million votes compared with 5.3 million for his closest rival, Muhammadu Buhari .
An alliance of Nigerian opposition groups and splits in the ruling People’s Democratic Party are threatening to leave Goodluck Jonathan as a lame-duck president with fading chances of winning re-election in 2015.
Nigeria’s ruling People’s Democratic Party won more than half of the April 26 elections for state governors declared so far, while the states of Bauchi and Kaduna started voting today after delays caused by sectarian violence.