By Foster Obi
The ongoing EndSARS protest is obviously getting out of hand as it is taking different colourations by day. The latest which is quite tragic is the bloody clash between the Yoruba’s and Hausa at Fagba, located on Iju road around Agege side of Lagos state.
There were different accounts to the precursor of the tragic occurrence. But Eyewitness account told Economywatch.com that some people were suspected dead while several others injured. According to the account, some trailers bringing cow and flour from the North to the popular abattoir located in the area were intercepted by some group of Yoruba youths who demanded that the owner gives them N10, 000,000 or they burn the trailer and the cows.
The Eyewitness who owns a shop in the area told Economywatch.ng.com that the driver refused and insisted on entering the abattoir. “In the process of haggling the owner of the cow was contacted who agreed to give the youths N400, 000 and one cow to go and share but the youths refused.”
He said that the driver was beaten to coma while three trailer loads of consignments burnt. When this happened, one of the drivers was said to have entered the abattoir and raised alarm prompting the Hausa’s who inhabit the meat market to gather in groups to launch attack.
“We were here in the shop when some group of Hausa boys, having obviously been smoking lots of hemp with sharp knives asking everybody to vacate. The boys looted all the shops before setting them on fire.
“They burnt the spare parts market owned by Igbo’s in the place, some properties including part of the filling station at the area.” the eyewitness said.
The account said that while the burning of the trailer consignments happened earlier in the day, the Hausa’s came around 7pm in the night to carry out the looting and the arson.
The Eyewitness account said that the Hausa’s has vowed to fight to finish.
Investigation by Economywatch.ng.com discovered that no policemen dared to show up in the area throughout the clash. Presently there is heavy premonition in the air as both sides fear reprisals. The whole area seems deserted.
The Eyewitness account said that all their shops were razed down. “Right now we don’t know what to do. All our means of livelihood has been destroyed. We don’t even know how to survive. Government must come to our aid,” she said.
Pix: One of the burnt trailers