Tension in Abuja As Youths Clash Leaves 3 Dead, Shops, Schools Shut

Tension in Abuja As Youths Clash Leaves 3 Dead, Shops, Schools Shut

  • No fewer than three people have lost their lives, shops and schools closed down due to a clash involving youths in Abuja community
  • An eyewitness confirmed the unfortunate development to journalists on Wednesday that an attempt by a "baban bola" to steal food from a shop led to fresh tension in the Byazhin community
  • The FCT police commissioner confirmed the troubling development and shared further details

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Three persons, including two women and a young boy, have reportedly died in a clash between local scavengers, also known as baban bola, and residents of the Byazhin community, in Kubwa, Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Youths clash leaves three dead in Abuja community
Three people have died as youths clash in Abuja. FCT police commissioner has reacted to the development. Image for illustration purpose. Photo credit: Nigeria Police Force
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What led to the death of the 3 people?

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An eyewitness, named Jessica Adam, disclosed to The Punch that a baban bola attempted to steal a woman’s pot of soup, but was overpowered and beaten up after the woman alerted neighbours and passers-by.

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The embittered baban bola then went away and mobilised hoodlums wielding weapons including machetes, clubs, and stones and began attacking residents at random, eventually killing the woman whose pot of soup was earlier stolen.

In the attack, two others, a woman and a young boy, reported to be passers-by who unfortunately ran into the middle of the crisis, were also killed, they were, however, yet to be identified.

Police react, shops, schools locked

Meanwhile, schools and shops in the area have been closed down, as parents scampered to pick up kids from their classrooms, and shops refused to open as of Wednesday May 15.

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As reported by Leadership newspaper, the FCT commissioner of police, CP Bennett Igweh, described the event as a “disturbance”.

“They started their disturbance, but we have calmed everywhere down,” he said.

Hoodlums clash, set market on fire in Lagos

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a number of Nigerians were reportedly injured during a clash among hoodlums at the Ile Epo area of Lagos state.

It was learnt that the clash between the hoodlums started around the market area on Wednesday night, May 1 and continued on Thursday morning, May 2.

It was gathered that the fighting hoodlums set some shops on fire, and some goods have been destroyed during the process.

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