No less than three people were feared dead after a clash broke out between Hausa/Fulani scavengers and residents of Itiam Etoi in Uyo Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State.
According to a resident who witnessed the root of the clash, trouble started when an Hausa scrap dealer ferrying a power generator on wheelbarrow, was accosted around the Udo Udoma area of Itiam Etoi, by some locals who demanded that he settled them before moving further.
According to him, when the scavenger refused to pay it led to a fight and a reprisal attack from the Hausa\Fulani settlers in the area.
Continuing, he added that; “They arrived in large numbers with machetes and clubs and started cutting anyone they found on the road. Some of them carried iron rods with which they destroyed properties and chased shop owners away”.
Ubong, a resident of the area who narrowly escaped death said; “They wanted to kill me, but God saved my life as some youths, who were drinking nearby, came to my rescue. I thank God that I am still alive.”
Cordelia Nwawe, Police Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the incident, called for calm among residents while admitting that there were casualties on both side but could not ascertain the exact figures.
“We are not the one to confirm the dead. It is the job of the state government or qualified medical professionals. But as far as I know, nobody died from the clash.” She said.
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