Youths Burn Two Mosques After Hausa Youth Stabbed Tricycle Driver Over Fare In Enugu (Photograph)
The burnt mosques
Two mosques have been burnt On Sunday after an altercation between two siblings and a keke rider in Enugu.
The incident, in accordance with Punch occurred on Sunday on the college city of Nsukka in Nsukka Native Authorities Space of Enugu State.
Additionally, property belonging to Hausa group have been burnt by irate youths.
The PUNCH learnt that bother began on Saturday when some Hausa individuals attacked and stabbed a tricycle operator, who conveyed a Hausa girl, recognized as Aisha, together with her items to the Military barracks.
It was gathered that the lady refused to pay the rider the agreed transport fare of N750.
Aisha, who trades in contemporary tomatoes and different perishable items, as an alternative of paying the tricycle rider N750, stated the cost was a lot and supplied to pay N500, a growth that sparked change of phrases and subsequently attracted a crowd.
It was gathered that whereas individuals have been looking for a typical floor, Aisha positioned a name to her brothers, who in flip got here of their numbers.
It was learnt that after giving the motive force a beating of his life, one in all them stabbed him on the chest.
Angered by the assault on the tricycle operator, youths of the realm mobilised and launched what appeared like a reprisal and allegedly destroyed two mosques and different valuables belonging to the Hausa group within the space.
Two of the Hausa attackers, Hassan Yakubu and Nurudeen Mohammed, have been reported to have been picked up by irate youths, who descended on them to settle the scores.
Hassan, who spoke with newsmen, revealed that his sister Aisha contacted him on the telephone, however earlier than he arrived on the scene, one in all his brothers, Nurudeen, had stabbed the tricycle operator.
He stated, “My sister Aisha contacted me on the telephone that she had an issue with a tricycle rider and that I ought to come. Nevertheless, earlier than I arrived there, my brother, Nurudeen was already there.
“Briefly, he and my different brothers had fought with the rider. Sadly, he (Nurudeen) stabbed him. So, when he fled, the youths picked on me.”
An eyewitness advised our correspondent that the mob blocked the entry and exit factors to the favored military barracks junction in Nsukka, burning tyres and destroying gadgets belonging to Hausa individuals instantly it was alleged that the tricycle rider had died.
It was gathered that the navy from the 82 Division of the Nigerian Military, Enugu, later arrived on the scene with over three Hilux vans and Armoured Personnel Service and calmed the state of affairs.
In the meantime, the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka has appealed for calm, saying that the stabbed keke operator, who was rumoured to have died, was nonetheless alive and responding to medical remedy at its hospital.
The church, in a press release titled, ‘Nsukka is peaceable, don’t be incited to violence’, was signed by Diocesan Secretary/Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Cajetan Iyidobi. Fr. Iyidobi stated that the Bishop, Most Rev, Godfrey Onah, had appealed to all sides concerned within the skirmish to stay calm however vigilant.
Nevertheless, efforts to get the response of the state police command on the event have been unsuccessful because the Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdurrahman, didn’t reply his calls as his telephone rang out.
He additionally didn’t reply to textual content messages despatched to him as of the time of submitting this report.