One person has died and four others were injured on Monday as clashes broke out between Igbo and Hausa traders in Kuje, Abuja.
Trouble reportedly started after a Hausa youth was arrested by a vigilante group for allegedly breaking into a shop owned by an Igbo trader.
A punch report says that the suspect died hours later at the Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital from injuries he sustained after was allegedly beaten up.
A civil defence official who spoke on the condition of anonymity explained that the suspect died at the Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital where he was taken for medical attention. In his words: “ But when the Igbo trader attempted to open his shop to take stock of what was there, some Hausa traders prevented him from doing so and in the course of the argument, the issue got out of hand and became a free for all.
Policemen including other security forces were deployed to restore peace; they had to fire tear gas canisters to end the violence which was almost assuming a terrifying dimension; in the course of the violence, four people were injured and they have been taken to the hospital.
The Police has confirmed the incident but did not give further details.
The clash between both ethnic groups is coming at a time of increased tension in the country following the three months a coalition of Arewa youth gave to Igbos to vacate the northern region.