No fewer than two journalists have been arrested in Gombe state after the planned demolition of the campaign office of People’s Democratic Party Gombe governor candidate Muhammad Barde.
The journalists, namely; Chika Udenkwo of Africa Independent Television and Joseph Atabo, as they attempted to film the loaded location next to the presidential lodge.
Our correspondent reports that Udenkwo was beaten by enraged youths suspected of being ‘Kalare’ crooks before his identity was revealed by some of his colleagues on the scene.
The Kalare crooks were seen brandishing dangerous weapons around Liberty Junction, while heavily armed Special Weapon Armed Tactics officers were seen cordoning off the two areas from Government House to the government reserved area.
Earlier, officials from the Gombe State Urban Planning and Development Authority had invited journalists to a briefing at about 10:30 a.m., at the same time they were due to begin demolishing some buildings in the Gombe metropolis, most notably that of Barde, which has been the subject of an investigation. become a lawsuit.
However, the demolition drill officials were repelled by another police team, reportedly six special protection units, supplied by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, at the request of the PDP candidate.
When contacted about the arrest of journalists, Police Commissioner Ishola Babaita said he was aware, adding that he would be returning soon.
At the time of this report being submitted, GOSUPDA men had yet to succeed with the demolition, as the SPU officials guarding Barde’s property reportedly threatened to shoot them if they proceeded, following the tear gas fired by the SWAT. officers was fired.
A resident, Abdullahi Hussaini, who was speaking, warned politicians to follow the path of peace, stressing that violence would not be good for anyone.
He said: “Politicians need to come to the table and understand where the divide is coming from. Politics is not a matter of do or die. I want to call on young people to stay away from political violence and let peace reign, where necessary they should be involved.”