No fewer than five people have been reportedly killed in Niger state, after a bloody clash between supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Police spokesman in Niger State, Bala Elikanah, who confirmed the incident, said it was a case of an accident that went awry after both parties held their campaigns in the city.
The incident, which occurred at about 8pm on Thursday, January 14, barely 24 hours to the Local Government Elections (LGA) in the State was reportedly triggered by an accident involving an APC vehicle which ran into a crowd of PDP supporters that left two people dead.
A free-for-all fight ensued as supporters of the different parties attacked each other. The aggrieved members of the PDP burnt brooms and threw them at the APC supporters who were reportedly fewer.
The remains of the deceased were deposited at the federal medical centre in Bida.