Tension in Abuja as mob kills trader at Gudu market

NEWS DIGEST – Suspected hoodlums on Thursday killed a suspected Hausa trader, setting ablaze his kiosk in Gudu Market at Gudu District, Abuja.

Daily Nigerian observed that there is growing tension between Igbo traders and Hausa population in the area.

The tension followed the Monday attack in Apo mechanic village which resulted in the burning down of dozens of vehicles, a mosque and other businesses.

It was gathered that the market has been shut down and the traders have deserted the area.

The police, it was also gathered, have been mobilised to the market.

A trader identified simply as Victor told Punch that everyone left the market in fear after the corpse of the man was found in the vicinity.

“Because of the attack by thugs on Tuesday, everyone was afraid that the violence may spread to the market. So, we all locked our shops and ran. I don’t know the circumstances surrounding the man’s death but the market has been shut down,” the trader said on the phone.

The FCT police spokesperson, ASP Mariam Yusuf, confirmed the incident, adding that operatives had been deployed to provide security at the market.