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Five People Killed, Houses, Shops Burnt As Traders And Okada Riders Clash In Abuja

There is tension in Abuja over the death of a yet-to-be-identified Igbo woman.

At least five people have been killed during a clash between traders and commercial motorcyclists, popularly called Okada riders at Dei Dei, a community in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Five People Killed, Houses, Shops Burnt As Traders And Okada Riders Clash In Abuja

Okada Riders Clash In Abuja

It was gathered that many shops, houses, and vehicles were also set ablaze during the clash between Okada riders and Building materials dealers on Wednesday.

A resident told Daily Trust that “Five persons that I know have been killed in this incident. We have been calling for security intervention to no avail. We are really worried that this crisis is tilting towards  ethnic dimension.”

Another source told SaharaReporters that the clash erupted after a truck crushed a woman to death following the alleged reckless riding of the commercial motorcycle she had taken.

The deceased Igbo woman was said to be on a bike when the accident occurred. “She died while being rushed to the hospital,” an eyewitness told the publication.

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The tragedy compelled some traders in the area to run after the motorbike and set it ablaze. This triggered a reprisal from commercial motorcyclists in the area.

The rampaging commercial motorcyclists allegedly blocked the expressway and attacked motorists in the process, forcing some to take alternative routes to avoid being caught up in the melee.

A source also said some churches were also attacked, leaving many people injured. Many vehicles and shops, particularly the ones selling building materials, were said to be burnt and destroyed.

As of the time of filing this report, security operatives had already been deployed to the area to restore law and order.

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The Abuja crash happened at about the time Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu reimposed a ban on Okada riders in some areas of Lagos over the killing of a sound engineer. David Imoh.

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