BREAKING: PDP Senator reportedly hides in traditional ruler's palace as angry constituents protest in Gombe


Reports in Gombe say that Joshua Lidani, the senator representing Gombe South, has been held hostage by protesting members of his constituency. 

Premium Times reports that a live Facebook update by an activist Ibrahim Wala on Monday, April 2 confirmed that the incident occurred when Senator Lidani paid an unscheduled visit to Talasse town, the headquarters of Balanga Local Government Area to meet with political associates. The report further quoted one of the protesting constituents as saying on phone that Lidani is currently hiding inside the residence of the traditional ruler of the town.

He said the protesters are asking the senator to come out and “answer some of their questions” after “he refused to visit Talasse since his election despite several appeals.”

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He also accused the senator of always refusing to answer or return calls from the people of his constituency. He said the police were invited to the scene but they had to retreat to a distance to avoid confrontation with the large crowd. 

 “Apart from those at the emir’s palace, several youth groups have also blocked all other roads the senator may seek to sneak out, not just in Talasse here, but other villages along the road as well,” he said. 

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