A house was razed as Fulani herdsmen and Hausa natives clashed over stolen motorcycle in Kubwa district, Abuja, yesterday. One person was allegedly killed while several others were seriously injured.
The fracas was sparked off at 3 a.m, when a motorcycle belonging to an Hausa man was allegedly stolen by Fulani herdsmen.
The dispute heated up at 10a.m, when the stolen motorcycle was traced to the Fulani herdsman’s abode at Kubwa Extension II, off Arab Road, Abuja.
“The Fulanis are fond of robbing Okada riders and stealing their motorcycles at Kubwa, especially on this Arab Road,” an eyewitness said.
“They stopped the Okada man very close to the Glass church on Arab Road, macheted the rider and the passenger and stole his Okada only for it to be discovered that it was the Fulani herdsmen that carried out the robbery.
“In an attempt to protest the Fulani terrorism in the area, Okada riders, who were fed up with the constant attack on their colleagues, traced the Fulanis to where they live and argument occurred in the process.”
The Fulanis had guns and other weapons with which they fought the Hausas for daring to come to their domain, the eyewitness added.
He added that the Okada riders had to retreat to equip themselves and returned before the fight started.
Both sides sustained serious injuries, but one of them who was badly injured was said to have been taken to Kubwa General Hospital but died before he could be treated.
It was gathered that the Fulani herdsmen fled with their cows through the mountain behind their abode when they sighted over 100 Okada riders driving towards them to retaliate their injured and dead colleagues.
Confirming the incident, FCT Police Commissioner, Mr Femi Ogunbayode said the situation was brought under control after a house belonging to the Fulanis had been razed.
Men of the FCT Police Command, who were drafted to the scene of the clash, also confirmed that one person died.
The police had since deployed men to Kubwa and its environs to ensure peace reigns in the area.