Curfew in Nigeria`s Rivers state over election tensions: state govt

An overnight curfew was imposed in Nigeria`s southern Rivers state as tensions ran high over local results of the country`s general election, the state government said on Monday.

"The government has imposed a curfew in Rivers state from 7:00 pm (1800 GMT) to 6:00 am to prevent the breakdown of law and order because of the tense political situation," said information commissioner Ibim Semenitari.

Rivers, in the oil-producing Delta region, is seen as a key battleground. The main national opposition has held protests in the state capital Port Harcourt, accusing the ruling party of widespread vote-rigging.