Party and those of the All Progressives Congress clashed on Sunday at
the boundary of Katsina/Ala and Buruku Local Council Area of Benue
State, leaving more than 50 people injured.
and governorship aspirant on the platform of the APC, Emmanuel Jime,
was on his way to Katsina/Ala for a thanksgiving service when his
advanced team came under attack from armed youths, believed to be
supporters of the PDP at Ugbema, the boundary between the two councils.
the three most injured supporters from Jime’s team would survive as they
were said to be under intensive care in an undisclosed hospital.
but if anything later happened, it must have been in the hospital where
the critically injured were taken. I saw one person on our team on the
ground, whose head was broken with a machete,” said one of Jime’s aides
who spoke to The Punch on grounds of anonymity.
the PDP youths, who wielded dangerous weapons, were said to have vowed
not to allow the opposition campaign any elective position in the area.
Hence, a source said the violent attack, which caused a stampede at the
head bridge of River Katsina/Ala, is a tributary of River Benue.
“It was an attack on a group of Okada boys waiting to escort my convoy
into Katisna/Ala. They were attacked by thugs, saying they did not want
APC in their area. One of my campaign directors had gone in advance to
meet with the bikers but he was attacked too. It was not a clash, and to
the best of my knowledge, no death occurred.”
Emmanuel Agbo, could not be contacted, as his telephone was not picked
when he was called to state his position on the matter.