Rival Party Clashes In Ondo State

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There were violent clashes among rival political party supporters in Akure and Owo on Thursday night and Friday ahead of Ondo State election.

In Owo, one person was reportedly killed during a clash between the supporters of the APC and the PDP.

Properties worth millions of naira were reportedly destroyed in the clash while several people also sustained injuries.

The deceased was simply identified as an APC chieftain in the area, named Arogun. According to an eyewitness account, the clash occurred following Jegede’s visit to Owo for a campaign.  There were also clashes in Iselu and Ehinogbe on Thursday.

The Public Relations Officer, Ondo State Police Command, Mr. Femi Joseph, told one of our correspondents that he had not been officially briefed about the incidents.

He said, “I don’t have the facts yet; I will let you know if I get the facts.”

For the election, the Federal Government said 26,000 policemen and 15,000 personnel from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps had been deployed in the state to maintain law and order along with some army officers.

The Deputy Commandant of Operations, NSCDC, Mr. Kelechi Madu, said 25 sniffer dogs would be deployed in various strategic places for the poll.

Madu said the agency had mobilised commandants from Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ogun and Edo states for the poll.

Three helicopters and 20 gunboats were also deployed in riverine areas of the state to be used for monitoring the election.

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