No fewer than five persons have been feared dead while scores of others sustained varying degree injuries during President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign on Thursday in Taraba State.
Gov. Darius Ishaku’s convoy was also attacked on its way out of the Danbaba Suntai Airport where he, his deputy Haruna Manu, and other officials of the government went to see off the president at the end of his rally.
Bala Dan Abu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the governor, who confirmed the incident condemned the “unfortunate bloodletting” and blamed the security agents of the negligence of duty.
Abu, who briefed reporters said: “The deputy governor’s car and several other cars in the convoy, including that of the Commissioner of Police and a Special Adviser to the governor, were damaged.
“The thugs, most of whom were imported from neighbouring states to create the false impression that APC enjoys a large following in the state, came heavily armed.
“They carried guns, cutlasses and sticks, which they displayed openly and in the full glare of security agents who merely looked the other way,” he said.
The governor’s media aide also accused the “APC thugs” of going round Jalingo metropolis and destroying PDP posters and billboards.
“They were given cover by the security agencies who fired gunshots to scare away those who may dare to confront them.
“What happened today is a big contrast to the PDP presidential flag-off of Feb. 5 in Jalingo, which attracted a large crowd but recorded no incidence of crisis and deaths.
“Residents of Wukari are still leaking the wounds of the APC violent visitation of Jan. 29, during which PDP posters and billboards were torn and a member of the PDP killed.
“The Taraba State Government will no longer fold its arms while innocent people are being killed and maimed,” Abu said.