By Online Ediitor


Over 250 members and supporters of People Democratic Party (PDP) and
All Progressive Congress (APC) in Borno state have clashed at
Marama town in Hawul Local Government Area of state, torching severalRally
houses and vehicles over an alleged “importation of Boko Haram
insurgents” to disrupt Saturday elections in the state.

Marama is farming and herding community, and 209 kilometres south of
Maidugur, the state capital.An eyewitness, Mallam Ibrahim Hirwish disclosed that the clash between
the ruling and opposition parties was triggered when the PDP
supporters in Shaffa alleged that one of the Borno state commissioners
stormed southern Borno with armed APC thugs to allegedly disrupt
Saturday elections.

“Marama was on fire for half an hour, after APC and PDP supporters
clashed with dangerous weapons. This led to fighting and burning each
other’s’ flags, posters and party buildings, including two Sports
Utility Vehicle (SUV) of the council chairman and the alleged Borno
commissioner,” said Hirwish yesterday in Maiduguri over a telephone
interview.

He said the seriously injured APC and PDP supporters have been rushed
to the Federal Medical Centre, Gombe for treatement.

A resident of Marama, also told The Guardian that the destroyed
vehicles and houses including that of the Council chairman were set
ablaze, in the 30-minutes Friday mayhem.

He also explained that it took the deployment of soldiers from Biu
town to intervene and quell the bloody clash that did not result into
loss of lives.

A police source in Biu also said that a top government official, whose
name cannot be disclosed, has been beaten to unconsciousness and
rushed to Federal Medical Center (FMC), Gombe for treatment.

Meanwhile, the security situation has been calmed down in Maiduguri as
politicians continued to prepare for the Presidential and National
Assembly elections that is to hold in over a dozen IDP camps in the
metropolis and Biu, 187 kilometres south of Maiduguri, the state
capital.

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