By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna city was to Wednesday afternoon witness a grand commissioning of a Campaign Office by former Jigawa state chief executive, if not for unexpected hostile manners of some “self-invited” guests to the venue.
It was bloody, as scores sustained various degrees of injuries when thugs and hoodlums invaded Kaduna campaign premises of the former Governor of Jigawa state and 2019 presidential hopeful, Sule Lamido.
Lamido, who arrived new Kaduna campaign office in company of two luxurious buses of supporters, around 2 pm on a private visit to commission the office, was received with heavy claws.
Our correspondent, who witnessed the incident, reported that trouble started when a man’s hand was cut off by a hoodlum in an attempt to prevent the hoodlums from gaining access to Lamido, while he was commissioning the campaign office.
The hoodlums also rushed a tricycle bike with APC flag, who was passing through the office located at Rabah Road, in Badarawa area of Kaduna metropolis.
Like communal conflict, Lamido supporters from within and outside Kaduna state, who came for the commissioning, took to heels, running aimlessly and helplessly for survival, while the thugs followed them closely, blandishing knives and cutlasses openly.
The hungry looking thugs forced the occasion to end abruptly, by 3:00 mp, as the former governor, his director of campaign and organiser were hastily whisked away from being harmed by the angry youth, as some others were blocked from entering their vehicles, causing serious scare in the entire area.
Some, including journalists, who were being misunderstood for politicians, had to cough out money demanded from the by the thugs, while the rest developed ‘wings’ and flew from the spot, for fear of attacks.
So horrible the situation was, that, Lamido himself could not stand the time to properly address the audience and media, who waited in vain in the conference room in the campaign office.
At the time of filing this report, the numbers of victims the hoodlums attacked were unknown, as only a police officer was seen in the premises when our reporter tactically disappeared due to hostilities.
Speaking during the event, Lamido advised supporters not to allow themselves to be used by politicians, and to be good ambassadors of the north.