The just concluded APC congresses in Niger has come but has not gone in peace, as peaceful protesters against the imposition of the current party chairman led my some members of the party to government house were attacked.
According to a party stalwart, Alhaji Abubakar Katcha who was also an eye witness and a victim of the attack, “since the past four days we brought our protest to Minna and we met with the chief of staff to the Governor and another committee chaired by the Deputy Governor, and we agreed that a congress be held at the UK bello art theatre in Minna, while there we got information that, a former commissioner, Malik Cheche, the incumbent party chairman Bala Dagba, current Commisioner from Katcha Jibrin Aminu, council chairman Rabiu Ibrahim and the Member of the House of Assembly from Katcha Musa Alhaji Sule were mobilizing thugs to come and attack us, so we informed the Governor and he asked us to leave the U.K. Bello art theater and stay at the front of Government in preparation for the congress but suddenly Malik Cheche lead over 50 busses to come and attack us here, so many are injured and thank God some of the attackers have been arrested and some of their vehicles also impounded, you can see my Prado jeep is savagely damaged”
Nigerwatch Newspaper observed that about 6 more vehicles were damaged while police stood guard to forestall further crises.
All efforts by this newspaper to get the reaction of names mentioned proved unsuccessful, but a state APC executive member who doesn’t want his name in press, said all these crises are caused by the Deputy Governor, and Engineering Daban.
Also, the press secretary to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, Mr Jibrin Baba Ndace said, ordinarily a protest shouldn’t have come to government house but to the party secretariat where the Congress committee and a committee headed by the Deputy Governor Ahmed Ketso are. When asked what is the Governor’s reaction to the attack on party members at the Government, Mr. Ndace said “I am not aware of that”.
Effort to also speak with the police force public officer, Dainna Abubakar was unsuccessful as his phone kept ringing without been picked as at the time of going to the press.