Achadu Gabriel, Dutse
Irate youths, who are members of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, vanguards, have set ablaze a Hilux vehicle of Nigerian Police Force in Gwaram local government of Jigawa state.
The incident happened at the PDP campaign rally for the Jigawa north central when the police fired teargas canisters to disperse some party supporters, who were fighting in the venue.
An eyewitness, who claimed anonymity, said, the incident worsened when the canister hit one of the party supporters and fell down in the crowd.
“PDP supporters alleged that the police was instructed by APC administration to disrupt the rally,” he alleged.
“Party supporters became angry because they are suspecting that the shot had killed the victim, which infuriated the charged crowd that started chasing the police officers,” he stated.
The stampede attracted the attention of dignitaries at the venue, including Alhaji Sule Lamido, who were on the podium. The situation made the former governor to take over the microphone and started shouting at the rampaging crowd to stop.
However, the crowd refused to adhere to shouts and plea by Alhaji Sule Lamido to stop attacking the police van, while some even went ahead and brought corn stalks and stuffed them inside the vehicle and set it on fire.
The further destruction was intervened when Lamido, who quickly rounded-up the rally by coming down from the podium to where the burning police vehicle was and ordered the crowd to leave the spot.
It could be recalled that on January 9th, Police in Jigawa state had teargased members of the People’s Democratic Party rally in Gumel local government area for allegedly holding campaign “without police approval.”
The PDP had alleged that police was given instructions by the Jigawa state governor, Alhaji Muhammad Badru Abubakar, to disrupt the rally.
Responding on the allegation, the Jigawa state police commissioner, CP Bala Zama Sachi, debunked the PDP allegations in Jigawa state, that, Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar ordered police to disrupt its zonal rally.
The CP explained that he was never influenced by anybody but for the security reasons and betterment of people of the state.