Fresh protest in Abuja goes violent

• 2 killed, others injured, tricycles burnt

Fresh protests erupted in Abuja yesterday leading to the death of two persons.

The latest protest in Orozo, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), came barely 24 hours after motorcycle operators, popularly known as Okada, carried out a violent protest at Karu, a satellite town  on Sunday.

An eyewitness told Daily Sun that  trouble started after youths of the town, worried about the reckless way tricycle operators parked in the area, approached them and advised that they park properly to avoid creating accidents.

“The youths advised traders selling bread, fruits, food stuffs and other items by the roadside to relocate further inside to make the road clearer. While most of the keke riders accepted the advice from the youths and moved to the place where they asked them to start using as parking lot, one Hausa boy refused and brought out a knife and attacked one of the youths. Angered by the attack on the young man, they youths pounced on him and gave him the beating of his life. 

“Before they knew what was happening, the said operator mobilised his fellow Hausa stormed the area for reprisal attack. The youths of the town who were not deterred immediately mobilised themselves armed with all manner of weapon and chased the Hausa boys away. That was how the riot broke out. Two persons were killed and others injured during the clash,” said the eyewitness who didn’t want his name mentioned.

Daily Sun, however, leant that  youths of Orozo, armed with guns, machetes knives, sticks, petrol and fuel and lighter had taken to the expressway leading to Karshi, attacking and destroying every Keke NAPEP they sighted.

Their action sent panic to motorists, pedestrians and traders who hurriedly locked  up their shops for fear  of  vandalisation.

The riot which started at about one o’clock in the afternoon saw motorists deserting the routes for fear of having their vehicles attacked by hoodlums who kept chanting “we go kill any Keke wey come Orozo today.”

They mounted a road block at the popular Arab junction and operated without being interrupted or dispersed by police who have their outpost few meters away from the scene of the incident.

Several tricycles were destroyed and others set ablaze by the irate youths who also beat up several persons.

Those who sustained injuries during the riot were said to have been rushed to the Primary Health Center in the area for medical attention.

Daily Sun gathered that it took the intervention of the deputy commissioner of police in charge of the FCT who was on a condolence visit to the family of the police officer killed by Shite protesters last week to get the youths vacate the area.

When contacted, the FCT commissioner of police Bala Ciroma, confirmed the report, but said nobody was killed.

  • The Sun

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