Violence erupted, Saturday, as youths suspected to be political thugs invaded the Bayelsa State Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), allegedly to hijack materials for the conduct of the Federal House of Representatives primaries in the state. Policemen in a bid to stop the raid fired shots into the air.
The hoodlums were however said to have recorded success as they held members of the electoral committee of the party deployed to the state for the conduct of the primaries, hostage. They were held hostage at the PDP Secretariat for hours, as the security men tried to dislodge the youths that besieged the place.
The thugs reportedly arrived the PDP Secretariat in a White Sienna Spacewagon, armed with dangerous weapons including guns.
“We were all held hostage for hours. It was fearful. All of us including, the State Working Committee members of the Party were trapped inside the Secretariat,” reports Vanguard, citing a source.
“They searched the bags of some female journalists that tried to leave the premises of the secretariat,” the source added.
Police however successfully dislodged the hoodlums and set the hostages free, following security reinforcement.
The primaries were cancelled, according to reports, although it held in some constituencies.