Five Persons Killed And Houses Burnt As Traders And Okada Riders Clash in Dei-Dei Abuja

At least five persons have been reportedly killed and houses set on fire in a clash between traders and okada riders at Dei Dei, a community in  Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

A resident told Daily Trust that an accident involving a bike man led to the break down of law and order in the community.

“Five persons that I know have been killed in this incident. We have been calling for security intervention to no avail,” said the resident who pleaded anonymity.

“We are really worried that this crisis is tilting towards ethnic dimension.”

There is no independent verification on the number of casualties for now but one of the affected persons confirmed that his house was torched.

The traders at the timber section of the Dei-Dei market were said to have attacked the rider, whom they blamed for recklessness which led to the death of the passenger.

The okada riders colleagues reportedly moved to rescue him from the attackers and the situation degenerated afterwards.

Another account has it that the driver of the trailer which crushed the passenger to death was attacked and some persons mobilised to defend him.

Reports say security operatives have moved to the scene to prevent further violence.

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