November 4th In History

November 4, 2010

On this day, the Nigerian lawmakers approved constitutional changes allowing the postponement of presidential election. The election was initially scheduled for January 22, 2011 but was postponed more than once. In addition, INEC had to postpone elections at the last minute, mostly due to organizational problems. That gave rise to accusations of inappropriate tampering with the process. However, the constitutional amendment was made to expand the period in which presidential elections must be held.

Instead of the old provision of the constitution that stipulated that elections should take place “not earlier than 60 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of the last holder of that office,” the new amendment now requires that such elections be held “not earlier than 150 days and not later than 130 days before the expiration of the term of office of the last holder of that office.” Within that period of time, INEC has the power to set or postpone an election date.

 

November 4, 2011

On this day, an attack started with a car bomb exploding outside a three-storey building used as a military office and barracks in Damaturu, capital of Yobe state, with many uniformed security agents dying in the blast. Gunmen then went through the town blowing up a First Bank Plc branch and attacking at least three police stations and some churches. Gun fire continued through the night and gunmen raided the village of Potiskum near the capital as well, leaving at least two people dead there. Another bombing alongside a road in Maiduguri on the same day killed four people. Suicide bombers driving a black SUV detonated their bombs outside a military base. At least 150 people died over the next 24 hours in the wave of the bombings and shootings.

 

 

November 4, 2013

On November 4, 2013, soldiers of the Nigerian Army shot dead seven suspected Boko Haram fighters during a raid in a north eastern area where the Islamist rebels had killed dozens in the previous week.

Also on this day, in Lagos, four people were crushed to death and 25 rescued when a four-storey building under construction collapsed.

 

November 4, 2014

On November 4, 2014, suspected Boko Haram fighters stole dynamite and pick-up trucks from a French-owned cement works after robbing a bank in a raid to fund and pursue their campaign of violence in the northeast.

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