The Benue State Police Command has expressed disappointment over the clashed between supporters of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party despite the peace pact signed by the various political party candidates.
A statement by the Commissioner of Police, Benue state command CP. Omololu Bishi, stated that provocative songs by the All Progressives Congress were the caused of the recent crisis in Gbamjiba, headquarters of the Guma Local Government Area of the state.
But the leadership of the state APC however accused the PDP of sponsoring armed militias to disrupt its governorship campaigns at Gbajimba, where they alleged several people were allegedly wounded and five persons missing.
The Secretary of Emmanuel/ Jime governorship campaign, Professor Eugene Aliegba who addressed Journalists in Makurdi alleged that the injured ones who were brought to Benue state University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi were returned unattended to by the hospital management.
According to him, the armed militia who were in large numbers overwhelmed the security operatives who were deployed to the area and were shooting sporadically in the air.
But in a swift reaction, the State Publicity Secretary, of the PDP, Bemgba Iortyom, who debunked the claim also accused the APC of masterminding the violence saying the PDP views with grave concern the latest spate of violence unleashed on the party’s supporters by thugs loyal to APC at Gbajimba and Daudu in Guma Local Government Area of the state.
But According to the CP, “It all started at about 1300hrs when PDP supporters protested that the APC were playing provocative music/songs at the Government Secondary School Gbajimba venue of the APC campaign rally. This resulted in hurling of stones and other objects and the destruction of campaign posters by supporters of both parties”
He disclosed that no gunshot was fired by anyone and no casualty was recorded, adding that It however, took the prompt intervention of the Officers and Men of the Command led by the Area Commander of Makurdi Area Command to disperse the crowd which was almost becoming riotous.
He vowed to bring all those behind the incident to book and appealed to the good people of the State to remain law abiding and eschew violence in their day to day activities.
Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom has distance himself with the accusations by the APC, saying he did not instruct or direct any person to disrupt or stop any campaign rally.
The governor condemned the destruction of his campaign materials in Gbajimba and Daudu in Guma as well as several other places including Wannune in Tarka and Lessel in Ushongo local government areas and called on the police and other security agents to arrest and prosecute those found culpable.