Traders And Okada Riders Clash Has left Many Dead And Millions Of Goods Destroyed
Our correspondence reports that there was civil unrest at the Dei Dei building material market along Kubwa-Zuba express in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.
This online news platform understands that the Dei Dei market Abuja crisis broke out after a trailer allegedly crushed a woman to death after she fell from a commercial motorbike.
Charityreporters gathered that properties worth millions of naira were also destroyed amidst the clash. Shop owners were forced to close their shops to avoid being attacked.
A report monitored on DailyTurst, says at least five persons have been reportedly killed and houses set on fire in the clash between traders and okada riders at Dei Dei, a community in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The report quoted a resident to have said that: “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.”
Though charityreporters cannot independently verify the casualty figure, however, one of the affected persons confirmed that his house was torched. The traders were said to have attacked the rider, whom they blamed for recklessness which led to the death of the passenger.
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. It was gathered that security operatives have moved to the scene to prevent further violence.
Meanwhile, our correspondence reports that Dei Dei Abuja incident happened at about the time Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial city, 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.