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.”