Abuja: Dei-Dei International Market Closed Over Unrest

Federal Capital Territory minister, Mohammed Bello, has ordered the closure of the Dei-Dei International Market in Abuja following clashes between traders and commercial motorcyclists.

VANTAGE NEWS had reported that a clash between motorcyclists and traders over the death of a yet-to-be-identified woman led to a clash between the commercial motorcyclists and traders in the area

Many vehicles were destroyed and goods worth billions of naira lost in the clash.

Bello, announced the indefinite closure of the market when he visited the scene with the FCT Commissioner of Police, Sunday Babaji, Director, State Security Services on Thursday.

He said: “The community and market leaders must fish out hoodlums and bad eggs among them, unfortunately this time around hoodlums carry arms and they shoot innocent people. As a matter of fact, I saw four corpses. This is very sad and totally unequivocally unacceptable in Abuja.

“We have agreed with security agencies that full scale investigations will be done, and the communities have to be part and parcel of the solution or else there will be no peace. In the interim the timber market and the surrounding markets, including all the activities on road that have clustered the road and made it impassable, will all stop until the technical team reviews everything, and then we will take the next decision.

“I am appealing to other communities within the FCT that there is no tribal or religious misunderstanding because all the leadership of various communities have lived here in peace for many years. This is simply the matter of criminals and hoodlums taking laws into their hands.”

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