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‘5 Killed’ As Traders, Okada Riders Clash In Abuja

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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 breakdown 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.”

The traders were said to have attacked the rider, whom they blamed for recklessness which led to the passenger’s death.

The okada rider’s colleagues reportedly moved to rescue him from the attackers and the situation degenerated afterward.

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.

Security operatives have moved to the scene to prevent further violence.

The Abuja incident happened when Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu reimposed a ban on Okada riders in some areas of Lagos over the killing of a sound engineer.

The engineer was killed and set ablaze in the Lekki axis of the state last weekend.

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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