Suspected APC thugs burn down PDP secretariat in Nasarawa state

By Post Nigeria February 22, 2015 16:47

Suspected APC thugs burn down PDP secretariat in Nasarawa state

Arsonists believed to be APC thugs carrying out a reprisal attack, torched the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP secretariat in Obi, Nasarawa State in the early hours of Sunday morning just 48 hours after the party held its 2015 campaign rally in the state.

Reports say the arsonists allegedly came with petrol in gallons, poured it on the roof of the secretariat then proceed to drive away with the security man before setting the building ablaze.

Ismaila Nurman, the spokesperson for the Nasarawa police command, confirmed the incident, stating that 18 suspects had already been arrested in the course of the investigation and police officers had been dispatched to the scene of the crime to prevent any further incidents from occurring.

The office was burnt a day after youths of the All Progressives Congress, APC and those of the PDP clashed over vandalisation of billboards and campaign materials, shooting sporadically and leaving casualties on both sides, thus confirming suspicions of reprisal attacks which had spilled over.

One witness, Ibrahim Kasimu, said the incident on Friday started when youth suspected to be APC supporters began to destroy canopies and chairs used by the PDP during their campaign in Obi Local Government Area.

The rampage happened a day after political parties in the State signed a code of conduct for the 2015 general elections in the presence of heads of security agencies in the state.

The signing of the accord was organised by the State police command at the police officers mess along Jos road Lafia.

The State chairman of the PDP, Yunana Iliya, who also confirmed the burning of the party’s office, said all documents and valuables in the office were burnt.

He asked security agencies in the State to take note of the attack on its members and property and to, as a matter of urgency, provide security for its members and supporters.