Monday, 5 January 2015

Benue 2015: APC, PDP supporters clash in Benue

Supporters of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) and that of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have allegedly clashed in Benue State with several houses said to have been burnt.

The clash which happened at the weekend occurred at Tyeku-Yandev, a suburb of Gboko town of Gboko local government area of the state. Tyeku is situated along Gboko-Makurdi expressway.

There has been incessant clashes between PDP and APC supporters in the Gboko area especially now that the general elections is approaching. The disagreement is between supporters of Senator George Akume and Chief Mike Mku who are both vying to be elected for the seat of Benue North West senatorial district.

According to eye witnesses, supporters of Akume (APC) had without authorisation, removed PDP flags in the Tyeku area. Attempts by supporters of Mku to question the act resulted to serious disagreement that ensued.

It was gathered that the parties’ supporters trade abusive words before they finally started fighting.

Several persons were reportedly injured while vehicles were also destroyed.

Witnesses said it took the quick intervention of the men of the vigilante group in the area who hurriedly separated the fight. Other security operatives including the police had also visited the place to ensure peace and order.

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