Dei- Dei Market: FCT Minister says crisis not motivated by religion

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Dei-Dei market

FCT Minister says crisis not motivated by religion

The violence that overtook the Dei Dei market in Abuja on Wednesday, according to the FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, was not driven by ethnicity or religion, but rather by criminal elements who began the mayhem to carry out criminal intents.

According to a news release from the FCTA, the minister confirmed this when he went to the market in the evening to see for himself what caused the violence that took four lives and resulted in the destruction of shops and vehicles.

The minister also stated that the security organization will conduct a complete investigation with the full cooperation of the impacted communities.

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The minister stated that his arrival was triggered by various reports circulating on social media about the incident being an inter-ethnic crisis.

“We came here expressly because all kinds of tales are being disseminated on social media suggesting that there is an inter-ethnic problem in Abuja with one tribe fighting against the other,” he explained.

FCT Minister says crisis not motivated by religion

I came here to meet the market’s top executives. I spoke with community leaders as well as political leaders, who were represented by the chairman and vice chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council.

And what they really said was that this was an accident that occurred when a woman riding a business motorcycle fell off and was run over by a vehicle, and she died as a result.

“As a result of this occurrence, tensions increased, and hoodlums took over, targeting economic assets like they do everywhere else in the globe, and they set fire to a large portion of the lumber market and other marketplaces around here, as well as numerous vehicles.”

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“There was no communal clash here, and I ask to all Abuja residents to continue to live here in peace as the centre of togetherness,” he said.

The minister also added that the security organization will conduct a complete investigation with the full cooperation of the impacted communities.

“This is simply a case of criminals and hoodlums taking the law into their own hands,” he added, urging community leaders in the FCT to identify miscreants, drug pushers, drug dens, and drinking joints where crime and criminality occur. “Police and military personnel cannot be everywhere at once.”

FCT Minister says crisis not motivated by religion

The minister also promised that the police station in the market would be refurbished, and that the FCT administration would offer necessary assistance, while the police commissioner promised extra officers.

He further ordered that all trading activity along the roadsides be suspended immediately, and that all transactions be conducted within the businesses.

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Remember that the Dei Dei market in Abuja was destroyed on Wednesday as a result of violence that erupted after a woman was killed by a truck after falling from a commercial motorcycle (Okada).

According to social media claims, the riot was sparked by a gang of commercial motorbike riders who retaliated by setting fire to the affected motorcycle.

That is the latest on Dei- Dei Market.

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