A bloody clash between supporters of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State over the weekend have left two suspected dead and Many left injured.
It was gathered on Sunday that the conflict happened between the PDP and APC loyalists during the wake-keep for a prominent indigene of Nembe-Bassambiri.
Though, there were conflicting reports on the incident, one of the versions had it that trouble started when PDP loyalists led by Mr. Walter Kuroekigha, the newly-appointed caretaker committee chairman of Nembe LGA, reportedly chanted party slogans at the wake-keep.
The chanting of PDP slogan was said to have provoked the supporters of APC who also chanted their party slogan.
It was learnt that the resounding chants resulted in a shouting match between the rival party supporters and snowballed into violence during which dangerous weapons were freely used.
An APC stalwart in the community, Melford Esinte, who expressed disgust over the bloody clash, called on security agencies to protect the lives and property of the people in the area to avoid further escalation of the mayhem due to reprisal attacks.
He noted that the anger caused by the clash may not have simmered, and called on the government to make sure that there was adequate surveillance to make sure that the situation was brought under immediate control.
In its reaction, the state government noted that whoever carried out the attacks for whatever reason would not be absolved of the blame, noting that such violence was unacceptable.