Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Two dead as Hausas and youths clash in Rivers state (Photos)

Two people have been reportedly killed after a conflict arose between Hausa traders and certain youths in Onne, Eleme LGA of Rivers State.

Vanguard reports that churches and mosques were vandalized after the youths, reported to be members of the local government task force, accosted the Hausa traders, asking them for tax payment.

According to an eyewitness, a free-for-all ensued after the traders refused to pay the tax, angering the youths.

A member of the task force group died during the skirmish, which led to the youths killing one of the Hausa men and burning down a mosque.

A Facebook user Ledisi Menegbo on Monday night posted photos of a church the Hausas in the community attacked after the clash.

In the post, Ledisi stated that the Assemblies of The Apostolic Church, Okpako was attacked during a revival. He said that the church members suffered machete and knife cuts, the hoodlums destroying the church building and cars, and making away with sound equipment and chairs.

He wrote:
"At about 8:30pm last night, while concluding a 3day Revival program in one of the newly established Assemblies of The Apostolic Church Okpako, situated along Onne F.O.T road Rivers State, Hausa boys from Trailer Park invaded the Church well armed. They destroyed the church building, cars packed outside the church, made away with valuable church properties, chairs, speakers and other sound equipments, money among others. They left many wounded with varying degrees of machete and knife cuts, they walked on new born babies like normal floors, mothers were left in tears as they were separated from their babies, they killed one guy who was resisting them, some children's whereabout yet to be known as I speak, they pushed down one of the buildings people ran in for refuge and the wall fell on people leaving many badly injured. One of them was caught and handed over to the Police, but no serious action taken. This is happening here in Rivers State. They promised coming back to finish the work they've started."

Speaking to the press, the Public Relations Officer of the State’s Police Command Nnamdi Omoni said, “We are aware of the incident, but I am yet to get details of what happened. We have swung into action and our men have been deployed to the area to maintain calm. We are investigating the matter; we will make the report available as soon as we are through.”

Photo Credit: Facebook | Ledisi Menegbo

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