More death at APC Constituency primaries

By Post Nigeria December 4, 2014 14:05

More death at APC Constituency primaries

The death toll across the nation from the All Progressives Congress constituency primaries has reached double figures.

​The Nassarawa State Police Command has confirmed that four persons were killed during the All Progressives Congress (APC), State Assembly primary elections in the Garaku Community of the Kokona Local Government area of Nassarawa State.

​​This doesn’t include the 9 people that were killed in a clash between farmers and herdsmen in the state.

The State’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Theodore Ugochukwu told AIT that a group of men dressed in military attire shot sporadically and in the process four people were killed.

“While the APC house of assembly primary elections was going on, there was a huge misunderstanding between supporters of two aspirants and some men in military uniform came to the scene and started shooting sporadically,” Mr. Theodore said.

Witnesses say the victims were shot when some youths were protesting the alleged hijacking of delegates since last week Saturday.

According to a witness, Mr. Kana, “We were all waiting for the commencement of the exercise when the delegates who were missing since Saturday came in a bus and the youth began to protest thinking they were brought by one of the aspirants, before you know, we began to hear gunshots which hit about four people.”

Police were deployed to the scene and quickly had the situation under control.

The primaries were then continued with two winners, Daniel Ogazi and Hon. Abubakar Ogbere emerging for Kokona East and West constituencies respectively. He said the police had already commenced investigation into the matter.

On the issue of the persons killed during a clash between Somke herdsmen and farmer in Ashige in Lafia Local Government on Tuesday, Mr. Theodore said the farmers went to harvest their crops when they were attacked. Combat policemen had been deployed to the area to restore normalcy.

When AIT called him via phone on the issue, he said details were still coming in but assured that the police would get to the root of the matter.​