Many injured and shops burnt as some Yoruba youths and their Hausa counterparts engaged one another in a bloody clash at the popular Lafenwa Market in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Monday.
It was gathered that the clash which started on Monday evening snowballed into a full-blown crisis by Tuesday morning with several shops razed and many injured.
According to Daily Post, sources said that the crisis was ignited by a fight between a Yoruba man and a Hausa man.
The Hausa man was presumed dead, having sustained serious injuries, which provoked the Hausa traders, who reportedly went on a rampage, destroying properties worth millions of Naira.
An eyewitness, who confirmed the incident, said the crisis took a worse turn when the Seriki Hausa (head of Hausa settlers), who was called to intervene in the crisis was seriously injured.
The source, who preferred anonymity, said; “The Seriki Hausa who was called upon to settle the issue was injured and this further worsened the crisis.
“The man is currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idi-Aba.”
The state police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident, said the situation had been brought under control.
He said no life was lost, contrary to the report that a Hausa man was killed in the incident.
Oyeyemi added that the police had arrested several persons in connection to the crisis.
“I’m aware of the clash, but the situation has been brought under control. We have made some arrests. I don’t want to disclose the number of persons we have arrested, but we have made some arrests.
“But, contrary to what people are insinuating, no life was lost, but people were injured while shops were also burnt and property destroyed.
“We are still investigating the clash. The crisis is a result of a rumour because there was a clash between a Hausa man and a Yoruba man. I think the Hausa man was injured and some people went to town with the rumour that the injured man died and that was what led to the whole thing and the issue escalated.
“But, contrary to that rumour, no life was lost, and we are still investigating and after a thorough investigation, whoever that is found culpable will be charged to court”, Oyeyemi said.
Meanwhile, traders who lost their wares to the crisis berated the police, saying, “the police did not answer us when we went to their station to report.”
The Lafenwa police divisional headquarters is right beside the market.
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