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Gov. Dakwambo and a small critical radio station are at the centre of the latest political violence in Gombe

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Gov. Dakwambo and a small critical radio station are at the centre of the latest political violence in Gombe

The battle for governor in Gombe state is turning one of the most peaceful states in the North East of the country into a theatre of violence and arson. The outgoing governor of the state, Ibrahim Dankambo of the PDP is alleging that his convoy was attacked by suspected thugs on Saturday, and that they  set two vehicles ablaze.

Meanwhile, the first privately-owned radio station in the state, Progress FM, was attacked in Lafiyawo community along the Gombe Airport Road. Residents of the community said shops were also set ablaze.

What’s going on?: What we know is that the state government has frequently accused the radio station of being an “APC station”. This may be due to its critical coverage of the government and alleged sympathetic coverage of the APC. The station which was commissioned in 2016 by minister of information, Lai Mohammed, is owned by Alhaji Ibrahim Biu, a veteran broadcaster.

Biu has accused Dankambo of being behind the attack on the radio station and the community.

“Yesterday evening, thugs following the governor’s convoy from the airport attacked our office with weapons. They were throwing stones and making attempts to gain entrance into the compound,” he said. “In the attack, one of our security men was wounded. It was very scary but we thank the security for their swift response.”

PDP Campaign Council responds on behalf of Gov. Dankambo: The Director of Media of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Council in the state, Dahiru Kera, said the governor is not behind the attacks. He said that the thugs also attacked the governor’s convoy on his way from the airport and set two cars in the entourage on fire.

The police commissioner in the state, Bello Makwashi, says the Force is investigating the attack.

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