Gunshots Heard As PDP, APC Faceoff Over Destroyed Billboards In Nasarawa

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Supporters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) involved those from the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in a clash in Nasarawa State Friday, February 20th.

An elderly woman is assisted after riot policemen fired teargas cannisters to disperse protests to oust the Narok county Governor Samuel Tunai in Narok, Kenya

They devastated billboards and other political campaign belongings.

A local resident, Ibrahim Kasimu, who witnessed the accident, said it began when youth suspected to be APC supporters began to destroy materials and chairs used by the PDP during their campaign in Obi Local Government Area.

PDP youth, who answered to the attacks, took to the streets devastating every APC belonging in sight.

According to Kasimu whereas policemen were struggling to control the incident some of the angry youth were seen putting down billboards of their opponents that were mounted close to the place of the rally.

Hours later, he said, gunshots were heard from a distance before the police were able to control the clash.

Ismaila Numan, the state Police spokesman, who confirmed this, said billboards of the APC and PDP were destroyed and one suspect has been detained while the command is on the trail of others.

According to Numan the situation had been brought under control by a team of policemen disposed to the venue of rally while inquiry into the subject has since started.

The incident took place directly after the PDP campaign train left the playground of Obi primary school where it held its campaign rally ahead 2015 general polls.

The violent disorder occured a day after political parties signed a code of conduct for the 2015 general elections in the presence of head of security agencies in the state. The signing was provided by the state police command at the police officers mess along Jos road Lafia.

Witness said no death was recorded, both sides suffered casualties mostly from machete cuts.

At least 55 people died in pre-electoral violence ahead of the coming presidential polls, according to the reports of Human Rights group. While up to 1000 people lost their lives in violence linked to 2011 elections.

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