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Two injured as PDP, APC supporters clash in Delta

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At least two persons were reportedly injured in Abraka community, Ethiope council area of Delta state on Monday during a clash between supporters of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Also, the week-long violence, which hit some parts of Effurun in Uvwie council area of the state of persisted on Monday as suspected political thugs engaged in gun battle in different axis of the area, spreading panic.

The Nation gathered trouble started in Abraka, the host community to the Delta State University (DELSU), when a chieftain of the PDP identified as Elder Kelly was assaulted by suspected APC thugs.

The incident led to a reprisal on some leaders of the APC in the community by suspected PDP thugs.

According to a community source, the ensuing free-for-all left two persons with various degrees of injuries.The source said: “Followers of the PDP member felt he was assaulted by a member of the APC. This caused the clash between the parties.”

When reached, spokesman of the Delta state police command, Mr Andrew Aniamaka (DSP), confirmed two casualties and injuries.

However, he said the situation was under police control.

“Let me start by saying that as we speak, peace and calm have returned to Abraka.“I think it is important to tell our people that it is an election, not war, whoever wins eventually is still a Delta person.

There really no need for all these violence,” Aniamaka said.At Effurun, the supremacy battle among political thugs loyal to the APC and the PDP continued on Monday around Jakpa junction, Effurun Market, Orhumarho and the adjoining areas.

The development shut businesses with residents of the area stricken with fear.A community source informed The Nation that gun-wielding thugs were running after each other in the area, shooting sporadically and causing panic in the area.

Although no casualty was reported on Monday, a resident of Uti area, off PTI Road informed of consistent police harassment of unharmed members of the public.He narrated how a policeman shot a resident who went to draw money from an ATM machine in the leg.

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