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The Benue State Police Command has accused the All Progressive Congress of causing the crisis in Gbamijiba, headquarters of Guma LG, Benue.

The police command made the disclosure on Saturday while speaking with the newsmen, stating that the provocative songs by the party, birthed the chaos.

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Meanwhile, the leadership of the state APC accused the People’s Democratic Party of sponsoring armed militias to disrupt its governorship campaign on Friday.

Secretary, Jime governorship campaign, Prof. Eugine Aliegba, and a member representing Guma/Makurdi in the House of Representatives, Dickson Takirgh, accused the PDP-led government of mobilising militias to disrupt the campaign in Gbamjiba.

The duo alleged that several persons were injured and five persons missing in the crisis.

Gbamjiba is the country home of Governor Samuel Ortom.

But a statement by the command’s spokesman, DSP Moses Yamu, stated that the PDP supporters protested when the APC members played provocative songs at the Government Secondary School, Gbajimba, venue of the APC campaign.

“This resulted in hurling of stones and other objects and the destruction of campaign posters by supporters of both parties. No gunshot was fired by anyone and no casualty was recorded. It, however, took the prompt intervention of the men of the command led by the area commander of Makurdi Area Command to disperse the crowd which was almost becoming riotous,” the statement added.

The state governor, Samuel Ortom, on Saturday, distanced himself from the disruption of the APC campaign on Friday.

Ortom, in a statement by his Media Adviser, Tahav Agerzua, noted that it was not in the character of the governor to promote acts capable of disrupting peace.