Tension in Delta As Fulani Herders Clash With Hausa Traders
At least ten people have reportedly sustained varying degrees of injury as Hausa traders and Fulani herders engaged in a bloody clash at the popular Hausa Market along Benin-Warri Road, Amukpe, Sapele in the Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State.
Witnesses said that no fewer than ten persons sustained varying degrees of injury in the ensuing pandemonium and were rushed to different hospitals in the area.
Some wooden shops at the market were also visibly destroyed in the clash which resulted into a massive gridlock with many motorists hurriedly abandoning their vehicles by the roadside and fleeing for dear lives.
A source said trouble started on Sunday night after a Fulani herder allegedly stabbed a Hausa boy.
It was learnt that Hausa traders were enraged when they saw the stab wound.
“The Hausa people in the market retaliated by attacking the Fulani herders’ settlement around there. The Fulani people also fought back and a full-scale crisis started,” the source said.
It was learnt that operatives from Sapele Police Command led by CSP Harrison Nwaboisi, later went to the scene to restore peace and order.
Similarly, at least six people were reportedly killed in February while several others sustained varying degrees of injury when Yoruba and Hausa communities clashed at Shasha market in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The clash also saw vehicles vandalised, kiosks, shops, houses and various other structures razed and destroyed.