PDP, APC youth clash in Nasarawa

Nasarawa on map
Nasarawa on map

Supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, clashed in Nasarawa State Friday, destroying billboards and other campaign property.

One witness, Ibrahim Kasimu, said the incident started when youth suspected to be APC supporters began to destroy canopies and chairs used by the PDP during their campaign in Obi Local Government Area.

PDP youth, who responded to the attacks, took to the streets destroying every APC property in sight.

He said while police were battling to control the incident some of the irate youth were seen bringing down PDP billboards that were mounted close to the venue of the rally.

He said hours later, gunshots were heard from a distance before the police were able to control the situation.

The state Police spokesperson, Ismaila Numan, who confirmed the incident, said billboards of the APC and PDP were destroyed and one suspect has been arrested while the command is on the trail of others.

Mr. Numan said the situation had been brought under control by a team of police officers deployed to the scene while investigation into the matter has since commenced.

The incident took place immediately after the PDP campaign train left the playground of Obi primary school where it held its campaign rally for the forthcoming 2015 general elections.

The rampage happened a day after political parties signed a code of conduct for the 2015 general elections in the presence of head of security agencies in the state. The signing was organised by the state police command at the police officers mess along Jos road Lafia.

Although no death was recorded, witnesses told PREMIUM TIMES that both sides suffered casualties mostly from machete cuts.

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