The clash which broke out between Hausas and Fulanis in Lagos has left no fewer than nine persons dead.
Report has it that fight ensued between scrap sellers and cattle rearers in the Oko Oba Abattoir area of Lagos State
According to sources, the Hausas, who majored mainly in scrap business, accused the Head of the Fulani clan of supporting officials of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) in demolishing shanties where they transact their business.
Sources claim the Hausas, armed with axes, machetes, clubs and other dangerous weapons, stormed the Oko Oba Abattoir at about 2am on Wednesday, where they attacked the Fulanis who were already asleep.
They destroyed about six vehicles owned by the executives of the cattle rearers association, with over 20 rearers injured. Other valuable items were also said to have been stolen.
A counter attack was however said to have taken place, during which lives were lost.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the clash.
Badmos, however, said only one person died.
She said: “The report we have indicated that the crisis erupted as a result of a young Hausa girl beaten up by a Fulani man.
“The action did not go down well with the Hausa men, which led them to seek revenge.
“This later degenerated to a serious fight and subsequent destruction of property.”