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FCT polls: Thugs kill APC member, set PDP chieftain’s house ablaze

A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Iliyasu Sani, has allegedly been stabbed to death by suspected thugs, while the house of a chieftain…

A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Iliyasu Sani, has allegedly been stabbed to death by suspected thugs, while the house of a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim Sheda, was burnt down by suspected political thugs at Sheda community in Kwali Area Council of the FCT.

Daily Trust learnt that an APC youth leader in Sheda, Aminu Saleh, who sustained a head injury during a clash between supporters of the APC and the PDP in the community is receiving treatment at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada.

A resident of Sheda, simply identified as Yakubu, said the incident happened around 8pm on Tuesday, when supporters of the two major political parties in the area engaged in a fight.

Yakubu claimed that supporters of the APC in the community were celebrating the victory of the Chairman of the council, Danladi Chiya, who won re-election during the Saturday council elections when suspected thugs attacked and stabbed Iliyasu with a knife.

The APC Youth Leader in Sheda, Saleh Aminu, while narrating the incident to our reporter on his hospital bed, said it happened when members of the APC were returning home after celebrating their candidate’s victory at the polls.

He said Iliyasu Sani was stabbed on the stomach.

“I was saying do you guys want to kill him, but before I could finish saying that one of them brought a plank and hit me on my forehead and I fell down.”

Angered by the death of the APC member, suspected thugs allegedly set ablaze the house of a PDP chieftain in the community in revenge.

Our reporter, who visited the community at about 9am, saw smoke billowing from the burnt house, while two Hilux vans loaded with policemen arrived the scene.

The PDP chieftain, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim, while speaking with our reporter through telephone, said he had gone to report the incident at the Gwagwalada police area command.

Alhaji Mohammed said, “As I speak to you, I have gone to the police area command in Gwagwalada to write a statement about the incident.”

In the meantime, the Chairman of Kwali, Danladi Chiya, has condemned the killing of the APC member and burning of the PDP chieftain’s house.

In a statement by the spokesman of the council, Habila Emmanuel, the chairman directed detractors and criminal elements whose objective was to cause violence and apprehension in the council to desist and steer clear forthwith.

When contacted, the spokesperson of the FCT Police Command, DSP Adeh Josephine, did not pick calls or reply to an SMS sent to her on the incident.