A Nigerian army major and three soldiers were shot dead today in Abonnema in Akuku-Toru local government area of Rivers state less than 48 hours before crucial supplementary legislative elections are scheduled to take place in the state.

A source told Saharareporters that the soldiers ran into an ambush set up by militants in the volatile state. The state governor, Nyesom Wike had engaged in rallies across the state, and repeatedly threatened that anyone attempting to rig election against his People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidates will be killed.

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