One person has been announced dead in Katcha Local Government Area of Niger State and several others injured, as supporters of two rival chairmanship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) clashed.
The clash involved supporters of Alhaji Musa Ishyaku and Alhaji Danjuma Emindachi.
The deceased has been identified as Nda-Bida and was said to be a supporter of Alhaji Danjuma Emindachi, one of the aspirants from Katcha LGA.
The incident occurred along the Minna- Bida road after the aspirants had collected their nomination forms to contest the chairmanship election for Katcha LGA, which is to hold in November, 2019.
The reason for the clash remains unknown, although it was revealed that the parties had continuously provoked each other before the crescendo along the Minna-Bida road.
Eyewitnesses said the supporters ran into each other at the River Gbako Bridge on the Minna-Bida Road, where they attacked each other with cutlasses, daggers, machetes and other dangerous weapons.
The Niger State APC chairman, Jibrin Imam, confirmed the incident but said the party was not involved in the clash.
He said the party has always preached peace, which he expected the aspirants to instil in their supporters, expressing disappointment over how they allowed their supporters to go haywire.
“It is a criminal issue; our party is not involved; the police are handling the matter.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, confirmed the incident, saying one person has been arrested and investigations are ongoing.