APC, PDP Members, Supporters Clash, Several Vehicles, Houses Torched In Borno
Over 250 members and supporters of People Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressive Congress (APC) in Borno state have clashed at Marama town in Hawul Local Government Area of state, torching several houses and vehicles over an alleged “importation of Boko Haram
insurgents” to disrupt Saturday elections in the state.
Marama is farming and herding community, and 209 kilometres south of Maidugur, the state capital.
An eyewitness, Mallam Ibrahim Hirwish disclosed that the clash between the ruling and opposition parties was triggered when the PDP supporters in Shaffa alleged that one of the Borno state commissioners stormed southern Borno with armed APC thugs to allegedly disrupt Saturday elections.
“Marama was on fire for half an hour, after APC and PDP supporters clashed with dangerous weapons. This led to fighting and burning each other’s’ flags, posters and party buildings, including two Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) of the council chairman and the alleged Borno commissioner,” said Hirwish yesterday in Maiduguri over a telephone interview.
He said the seriously injured APC and PDP supporters have been rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Gombe for treatement. A resident of Marama, also told The Guardian that the destroyed vehicles and houses including that of the Council chairman were set ablaze, in the 30-minutes Friday mayhem. He also explained that it took the deployment of soldiers from Biu town to intervene and quell the bloody clash that did not result into loss of lives.
A police source in Biu also said that a top government official, whose name cannot be disclosed, has been beaten to unconsciousness and rushed to Federal Medical Center (FMC), Gombe for treatment.
Meanwhile, the security situation has been calmed down in Maiduguri as politicians continued to prepare for the Presidential and National Assembly elections that is to hold in over a dozen IDP camps in the metropolis and Biu, 187 kilometres south of Maiduguri, the state capital.