By Peter Duru
MAKURDI—No fewer than 25 persons, including the mother of a federal lawmaker in Gboko, were reported to have been seriously injured in both Gboko and Makurdi, in Benue State, when supporters of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, clashed in the two towns.
Eyewitnesses told Vanguard that suspected thugs from both political parties clashed at Amaco Hotel, Gboko where their members held separate meetings, Monday evening setting part of the hotel ablaze.
The sources also said that hoodlums had earlier attacked the residence of the member representing Gboko Federal Constituency, Mr John Dyegh, injuring some of his aides and mother as well as a popular Benue gospel singer, Mike Jerusalem before proceeding to the Amanco Hotel, venue of the meeting.
The source said: ”Most of those injured are receiving treatment at the Gboko General Hospital and the Makurdi Federal Medical Centre.”
Meanwhile, barely 24 hours after the Gboko clash, a similar crisis also erupted between supporters of the two political parties in Makurdi yesterday.
The thugs reportedly besieged the Wurukum Round About and disrupted free flow of traffic for hours while residents of the areas and commuters scampered for safety.
Sources who witnessed the mayhem said one of the political parties was on campaign for the forthcoming local government elections in the state when another rival party attacked the campaign train which resulted in the fight that left two vehicles completely damaged by the hoodlums.
Confirming the story, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, for Benue State, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Daniel Ezeala, said that the vandalised vehicles had been taken to the police headquarters.
Ezeala explained that no arrests had been made by the command but stressed that investigation into the matter was ongoing.