One person was allegedly killed by thugs while three other people sustained various degrees of injuries when rival factions of thugs clashed on weekend at the official road commissioning of Babura township road by Jigawa Governor Alhaji Muhammed Badaru Abubakar alongside his Ebonyi State counterpart Mr. Dave Umahi on Saturday.
Although the death of one of the victims of the clash could not be substantiated as at the time of this report, however, investigations by our reporter who was at the Babura General Hospital found out that police and military officials barricaded and blocked the entrance and prevented people from gaining access to the hospital.
After a prolonged pleading and persuasions, the combined military and police officers allowed the media to have access with a strong warning against the use of cameras. At the Babura General Hospital emergency unit, three people who were wounded from cuts were being attended to.
While another was already unconscious and receiving a blood transfusion. Some of the friends of the victims who were seen at the hospital said they mobilized their members to donate blood to rescue the bleeding victims.
Earlier at the road commissioning, a group of heavily armed thugs were seen in an open confrontation with another rival group brandishing dangerous weapons such as knives and machetes, and other locally made weapons.
The incident happened a stone throw from the governor’s country home, where the thugs had a field day at the official commissioning of the Babura township road.
The thugs who came in droves assembled themselves behind the venue of the road commissioning event that included the state Governor Alhaji Muhammed Badaru Abubakar and Ebonyi State Governor Mr. Dave Umahi.
According to eyewitnesses, the quarrel between the two factions from Babura and Gumel local government areas is the latest in a long-running conflict.
However, things are said to have taken a new dimension when the Babura based thugs perceived that a leader from the rival Gumel based group was being favoured and recognised by government officials far better than those in Babura town.
Abubakar Garba, who happens to be an eye witness from the area, told our reporter that the clash has to do with drumming support for a particular candidate for the 2023 governorship elections.
When contacted, police spokesperson ASP Aminudeen Zubair confirmed the incident and disclosed the names of the victims as Sadisu Muhammed and Abubakar Muhammed.
The spokesperson said they have not received any report of death from the fight which he said was between the political thugs who have been transferred to the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano, saying that their case was critical. An investigation is going on by the police to arrest the suspect who committed the crime.