Thursday 29th June, 2017
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APC LG Primaries: 15 houses burnt as Benue boils

APC LG Primaries: 15 houses burnt as Benue boils

Not fewer than fif­teen houses have been reportedly destroyed in Ishor Council ward of Gwer Local Gov­ernment Area of Benue State, over alleged diver­sion of electoral materials meant for the conduct of the party’s Councillorship primary elections ahead of the June 3rd council polls.
The AUTHORITY gathered that youths num­bering over 20, yesterday stormed the house of Mr. Kwaghondo Chilebo, who is also the APC Chairman for the ward. The heavily armed youths started set­ting houses ablaze while others wielded dangerous weapons at the residents who attempted to evacu­ate their belongings.
In a telephone interview, the victim Mr. Chilebo, who denied knowledge of any diversion of materials, confirmed that properties worth hundreds of thou­sands were also destroyed. He blamed the attack on his political enemies.
Investigations by our correspondents indicates that several of such violent activities were witnessed in other parts of the state. Investigations revealed further that at least one person has so far been confirmed dead with doz­ens injured.
Speaking to The AU­THORITY on the worri­some dimension the pri­maries have taken, an elder of the party who sought to remain anonymous, blamed the development on the undemocratic ac­tivities of the leadership of the party at the state level.
He blamed high level imposition of candidates on members without re­course to due consulta­tions as one of the major reason for the high-care violence been witnessed across the state.
This medium gathered at the time of going to press today that the situ­ation remained same as party delegates gathered at designated centres to select those that will fly its flag at the local govern­ment level.
Attempt to get confir­mation from the spokes­person, Benue State Police Command ASP Moses Yamu, could not get through as the appar­ently busy police officer simply replied our cor­respondent: “Pls we can’t talk now.”

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