The 2019 general election may still be far but supporters of two prominent aspirants from the northern Nigeria reportedly engaged each other in a bloody clash yesterday where several people have been hospitalized.
Reports have that the supporters of former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and for Kano State Governor, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso went berserk on each other in a bloody fight that saw many sustained serious injuries on Thursday.
According to Daily Nigerian, former Vice President Atiku and Adamawa State Governor, Bindow had visited the town on Wednesday ahead of a turbaning ceremony on Thursday, where they also launched a political tour of three local governments of the Ganye Chiefdom.
Witnesses said those attacked were members of Kwankwasiyya movement in the town who were supporting Mr Kwankwaso’s presidential bid, in opposition to Mr Atiku’s.
A resident of the town, Bamanga Mohammed alleged that an associate of the former vice president, simply called Arabo was the one who brought in the suspected thugs from neighbouring Gombe and Bauchi states.
The thugs were said to have gone after anybody wearing red cap, a symbol for support for Kwankwaso and those wearing black cap, signifying support for former Adamawa state governor, Murtala Nyako.
"As I am talking to you at least ten of our youths are in the hospital because of the serious nature of the wounds inflicted on them. Sadly, the whole scenerio played out before the eyes of policemen who took no action.
"We are saddened that someone who claimed to be from this town will import thugs from another state to launch attack on his own people for expressing their political choice," he said.
He said residents of the area have decided to petition the inspector general of police, the National Human Rights Commission and other concerned institutions over the attack.