There was considerable anxiety at the Kabusa area, near Apo on Wednesday following the violence that took place between thugs disrupting the peaceful protest in the area and attacking shop owners on Monday. During the attack, 11 cars were burnt and shops too.
Some persons were allegedly killed between Monday and Tuesday, and houses and shops where some salesboys were sleeping burnt down, a commercial tricycle driver in the area told HumAngle on Wednesday.
Several videos uploaded online showed how cars were been burnt by rioters.
A Twitter user said an Igbo mechanic was killed by a Hausa boy, and this escalated the mayhem because other shop owners from the southeast decided to retaliate.
One witness claimed that over 10 people were killed in the ensuing violence and fire was set to multiple cars.
The witness added that Muslims could not visit Primary, an area near Kabusa junction in Apo, while Christians were afraid of going to Waru.
The witness further said only women were not attacked by the parties.
“There is an ethnic riot around Apo from the roundabout to Kabusa Junction, the mechanic village and some parts of Lokogoma,” the resident tweeted on Tuesday.
Another (@_sir_lym) said that his friend’s sister was attacked by thugs, who were smashing cars at Lokogoma, while she was in an Uber taxi.
At the time of visit on Wednesday morning, policemen were stationed at NEPA Junction and at Kubasa. No security personnel were, however, sighted at Primary, where residents believe strangers were still being abducted.
Motorists were scared to go Primary area of Apo, considered the heart of the violence. From Kabusa down to Primary, shops were burnt as ashes from the fire littered the road.
Going to Primary, motorists warned this reporter of the risk involved. Meanwhile, commercial vehicle operators in the area doubled the fare because of the risks involved.
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