Makurdi—THERE was tension and restiveness in Makurdi, the Benue State capital and its environs, Thursday, following Wednesday destruction of campaign billboards of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, by youths suspected to be All Progressives Congress, APC, sympathisers.
Fears of reprisal attacks now permeate the city, forcing Governor Samuel Ortom to warn against reprisals and acts that could spark crisis in the state.
Ortom, who spoke yesterday, in Makurdi appealed to Benue people to remain calm as the matter had been reported to security agencies, advising indigenes of the state against resorting to acts of lawlessness but report to security personnel where their rights were being infringed upon.
He insisted that despite earlier denials, “Senator George Akume watched while those on his motorcade carried out the massive destruction of our campaign billboards. I am disappointed that he led other APC members and instead of staging a peaceful celebration of President Buhari’s victory, went on the rampage destroying billboards of PDP, raided shops and blocked major roads in Makurdi metropolis.”
He claimed APC leader in the state dared the might of Benue people and paid for it, which was nobody’s fault.
He said: “He had boasted before the Presidential and National Assembly elections that he would use federal might to win the polls despite his unguarded statements over the Benue killings, which incurred the anger of the people who rejected him and his party, APC.”
Reacting, the Benue State Police Commissioner, Mr. Omololu Bishi, who said the destruction was carried out by hoodlums while the APC was celebrating the victory of President Buhari in the town, acknowledged receipt of a protest letter from the PDP, assuring that investigation into the matter had commenced.