Several properties were razed on Monday, Christmas day, as members of the Hausa and Gwari tribes clashed in Bwari, Abuja, Punch reports.
An eyewitness, Musa Nurudeen, who spoke to Punch said the clash started after a fight broke out between a Hausa youth and a Gwari youth.
The two tribes had for a while been tussling for supremacy, Nurudeen said, as there exists two traditional rulers from both tribes – Sarkin Bwari from the Hausa tribe and Etsu Bwari from Gwari.
The fight between the youths reportedly led to the death of the Gwari youth, which angered his people, and led to the clash. Nurudeen said:
In October, there was a protest by the Gwari people that there cannot be two rulers in one kingdom and that they want the government to recognize the Etsu Bwari while the Sarkin Bwari should be abolished.
So last night, there was a fight between a Gwari and a Hausa youth which led to the death of the Gwari youth, this infuriated the Gwari youths and that was what led to the clash.
Security operatives have since contained the violence, Punch reports, asking residents to remain indoors and turning motorists back.
3 National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) patrol vehicles were also seen in the area.
While the FCT Police Command has confirmed the clash, they said the details are still sketchy. The FCT Police Spokesperson Anjuguri Manzah said:
The details of the incident are still sketchy, but our immediate objective is to contain the violence and ensure the security of lives and property.