BREAKING: 3 reportedly killed as Hausa, Igbos clash in Aba
According to Premium Times, riot has broken out in in Ariaria and Ogborhill Aba, Abia state, following the alleged killing of an Igbo trader by a Hausa man.
At least three people have been feared dead following the unrest.
An eye witness told the media outfit, that the unrest began after the Hausa man allegedly stabbed the Igbo trader to death for urinating near his store.
In retaliation, aggrieved Igbo boys around, gathered and lynched the Hausa man to death, while other Hausas have exited the area for safety.
According to another witness, the news of the incident spread to other parts of the town and a mob gathered and attacked the Hausa community around the abattoir located at Ogbor Hill area of Aba.
“From that point matters degenerated. Soldiers in nearby barrack are shooting and at least one Igbo trader was hit and killed by a bullet,” the witness recounted.
The aggrieved boys are currently chasing other Hausa people all over the place and beyond as at the time of filing this report.
A spokesperson for the Abia state police, Onyeka Ezekiel, told Premium Times over the phone that he had received reports of the incident but he however declined to give further details.
“I’m on my way to Aba with the commissioner to see things for ourselves so I cannot tell you the groups involved or if there were casualties until I get there. Call me back in two hours and I will be able to give you more details,” he said.
The Nation is also reporting there is unrest in the city of Aba.
According to the media outfit, the incident which occurred between the hours of 12pm or thereabouts, witnessed butchers at popular waterside, along Aba-Ikot Ekpene road clash with soldiers for allegedly killing two of their members.
Shortly after, economic and business activities were shutdown in the state.
It was gathered that some butchers that sustained injuries as a result of the gunshots and sporadic shootings were taken to different hospitals within the metropolis where they are receiving medical attention.