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Vicious chimps scupper polls

LAGOS (Reuter) - National assembly elections did not take place in a remote area of Nigeria's northern Kaduna state on 4 July because a group of chimpanzees attacked the presiding electoral officer, state radio reported yesterday.

An official report was quoted as saying the vote was abandoned in Bani Kanwa after the officer was attacked by a dozen chimpanzees while trekking to the polling station through deep forest. Voters in other parts of Nigeria elected a senate and house of representatives.