By John Mkom
Eight people have been confirmed killed and 56 others were admitted at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Jalingo for injuries they sustained when the celebration of Governor Darius Ishaku’s victory at the March 9 governorship election turned violent.
The death toll was contained in a statement issued by the senior special assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity. Bala Dan Habu.
He said that 36 of the 56 persons hospitalised at the FMC were being treated with life-threatening injuries ranging from gunshots, stabbing and arrow wounds.
Habu blamed the incident on the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi, for accusing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor’s aide said that it was unfortunate that Danladi pointed accusing fingers at PDP members who were out in a jubilation mood over the party’s victory in the governorship race when they were attacked by armed thugs.
He said: “I understand the governorship candidate of APC Sani Danladi in his reaction to the post-election violent accused the PDP in the state of being behind the violence. It is unfortunate to hear someone make such a comment. The PDP won the election, they went out for celebration and they were attacked, killed and injured. How can someone turned out to accuse members of PDP of killing themselves?”
Habu described as untrue reports in some national dailies that an aide of governor Ishaku was arrested with 350 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in Jalingo by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
He said that the name of the aide and his portfolio was not mentioned in the cooked story, adding that the secretary to the state government (SSG) has cross-checked the list of those working for the government and the governor without finding any element of truth in the story.