Okada/Traders clash: Minister orders markets closed in Dei-Dei

Following Wednesday’s riot in the Dei-Dei neighborhood of Abuja which resulted in the deaths of eight people, as well as the destruction of valuables, FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Musa Bello ordered the closure of all markets in the region.

Daily Trust reports how the clash erupted on Wednesday between traders mainly from the Abuja timber market in the region and riders from Okada, after an accident resulted in the death of the rider’s passenger.

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As a result, the commercial motorcyclist involved was later lynched by traders, as his motorbike and other seizures were set on fire.

The situation led to the burning of about twenty businesses attached to the timber market, as well as about ten vehicles inside a car park. Some eyewitnesses who spoke to the Daily Trust revealed that the incident which started around 11am, escalated with the arrival of security guards around 1pm and resulted in the death of six people by gunfire, which would have been drawn from inside the market against others just in front of the establishment.

However, the Minister visited the area on Wednesday and was accompanied by Commissioner of Police, FCT, Mr. Sunday Babajia; the DSS director; Chairman of Abuja City Council AMAC Abdullahi Adamu Candido; among others.

Bello complained of loss of life and destruction of property, as he ordered the immediate closure of the facility along with other adjourned markets in the area.

He instructed them to provide full support to fish the bad eggs out of their folds, and also to help bring them to justice.