Protesters from Katcha local government area of Niger state yesterday stormed Governor Abubakar Sani Bello’s office, hauling stones which resulted in the smashing of over 10 vehicles at the Government House, Minna. Blueprint learnt that two factions of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from the local government clashed at the Government House gate before a free-for-all fight ensued among them.
The protest was said to have been triggered by the recent appointment of a former commissioner as an SSA to the Governor on Local Government Affairs. Our correspondent gathered that one of the factions against the reappointment of the former commissioner had staged the protest march to Government House before they were countered by those loyal to the former commissioner. Eyewitness account said over 10 vehicles were smashed during the incident, which also caused traffic gridlock along the road leading to Government House. Some of the smashed vehicles were seen at the GRA police station when our correspondent visited while the road leading to Government House was littered with stones, apparently used in the clash.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Niger state police command, ASP Mohammed Inna Abubakar, confirmed the incident to our correspondent. He said, “Some miscreants wanted to cause trouble in front of government house but were dispersed by the police attached to government house.” Although it was gathered that some arrest were made by the police, the PPRO declined comment on the number of arrest insisting that investigation into the matter has commenced.