Unknown arsonists, early Sunday, burnt down the secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party in Obi Local Area of Nasarawa State.
This happened 48 hours after the party held its 2015 general elections campaign in the area.
The spokesperson for the Nasarawa police command, Ismaila Numan, who confirmed the incident, said 18 suspects have been arrested in connection with the crime while police officers have been deployed to the scene of the incident to prevent further breakdown of law and order.
Mr. Numan said the office was burnt a day after youth of the All Progressives Congress and those of the PDP clashed over vandalisation of billboards and campaign materials.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the arsonists allegedly came with petrol in gallons, poured it on the roof of the secretariat and then set the building ablaze.
Witnesses say the arsonists also drove away the security man before torching the building.
The incident was a spillover of the Friday clash between the supporters of the PDP and the APC where gunshots were exchanged, leaving casualties on both sides.
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.
The rampage happened a day after political parties in the state signed a code of conduct for the 2015 general elections in the presence of heads of security agencies in the state.
The signing of the accord was organised by the state police command at the police officers mess along Jos road Lafia.
The State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Yunana Iliya, who also confirmed the burning of the party’s office, said all documents and valuables in the office were burnt.
He asked security agencies in the state to take note of the attack on its members and property and to, as a matter of urgency, provide security for its members and supporters.
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