Pandemonium broke out at a political gathering of stakeholders and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna state, on Sunday, after persons believed to be ‘thugs’ vented violence on participants.
The gathering which has prominent members of the APC in attendance, turned chaotic after the assailants charged at the participants, including the senator representing Kaduna North, Suleiman Hunkuyi, who escaped being killed by whisker.
Before the incident occurred, Hunkuyi had told his supporters at the gathering to resist an alleged plan to impose candidates on them during the APC congresses scheduled from May 5, 2018.
Obviously opposed to the purpose of the gathering, the thugs chanted, “Kaduna sai Uba Sani, Kaduna Sai El-Rufai in 2019″, stormed ENDwell Hotel in the city centre, venue of the meeting, brandishing all kinds of weapons and throwing stones on those at the meeting.
Before the dust of the incident settled, several persons have sustained injuries and many vehicles were destroyed by the assailants.
Those injured from the incident were moved to private hospitals for treatment.
Confirming the incidents to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Jame Obute, media aide to the Sen. Hunkuyi, said that the vehicle of Tijjani Ramalan, chairman of ATAR Communication and leader of Hunkuyi’s APC faction, was vandalised.
The commissioner of police in the state, Austin Iwar, also confirmed the attack.
Iwar said, “Sen. Hunkuyi had lodged a complaint with the police.” The commissioner, however, declined further comments.