Less than 24 hours to presidential and national assembly general elections, supporters of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) as well as non party members clashed and engaged burning posters, flags in Marama, a major town in Hawul local government area of Borno state.
An eyewitness who was sketchy with details as to what led to the clash said “Marama is on fire as APC and PDP supporters are at war, fighting and burning each others’ flags, posters and party buildings”.
The source added that vehicles and houses including that of the Council chairman, Dr. Andrew Malgwi was burnt down during the clash when it was apparently discovered that the Chairman including Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation, Alhaji Usman Mamman Durkwa hired some thugs suspected to be terrorists who stormed marama town and started burning PDP posters and shelves.
“The development did not go down well with PDP supporters and some people in the community as they reacted to revenge by burning APC flags and posters including the razing down of two vehicles belonging to APC and that of the official Jeep of the council Chairman”.
He also revealed that it took the deployment of soldiers from Biu town 24km away to intervene and quell the situation.
The source said a top government official, whose name cannot be disclosed for security reason has been beaten to unconsciousness and rushed to Federal Medical center, Gombe 130km away, for treatment.
Marama a peaceful community is 209km south of Maiduguri, Borno state capital.
Meanwhile, things has been calm in Maiduguri as politicians continued to prepare for elections that is expected to hold mostly in IDP camps in the troubled state. End