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Police arrests 8 persons in Cross River’s PDP Primaries violence

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Eight persons have been arrested, following violence that rocked the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Primaries, which held in Cross River State during the week, resulting to the shooting to death of a Police Officer and injuring another.

The Police Officer, by name Martins Mbang, was shot dead at the venue of the PDP House of Representatives Primaries, in the Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State.

The primary election was said to nominate a candidate of the party in the 2023 general elections for the Obudu/Obanliku/Bekwara federal constituency.

Our correspondent gathered that, the Police Officer and his colleague were shot at the Handmaid’s International Nursery and Primary School along Hospital Road where the primaries were to hold.

It was also gathered that, some supporters of some of the aspirants were protesting, for unknown reasons, and opened fire on the policemen. Several shots were fired for about six minutes, which was said to be intense. The shooters were eventually chased away, while the PDP members strategized on what to do next.

Spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Irene Ugbo, who confirmed the incident to newsmen, stated that, “One of our officers was killed and another injured. We have arrested eight suspects in connection with the incident.”

She condemned the dastardly act and said that they have started with violence when the main elections are yet to even start.

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