As recession in the country continues to bite harder leading to unnecessary expression of anger, two persons, an Igbo and a Fulani man have lost their lives over N100 in Enugu State.
The bloody clash that led to the deaths of the two men also resulted in the burning of a Mosque and may have led to more sinister outcome but for the timely intervention of the police.
The ugly event which happened at the popular Gariki Market in Enugu started when the two victims, one of them identified simply as Ali, a Fulani, and Ifeacho Ifeanyi, an Igbo had an argument over N100.
Ali is said to have come to slaughter a cow at an abattoir located in the Gariki Market following the state government closing of
the abattoir in the New Artisan Market, where Ali usually goes to slaughter his cow.
Gariki market was closed afer the killing of a policeman by a mob of tricycle riders.
Trouble was said to have ensued after Ifeanyi, who normally helped people to slaughter their cows for a fee at the abattoir in Gariki Market, slaughtered the cow brought by Ali and instead of paying him N500, which was the official amount Ali payed N400.
An argument over the balance of N100 ended up in Ali stabbing Ifeanyi to death. He was himself beaten to death by Igbo traders, who were angered by the development.
The mosque located inside the Gariki Market, was also reportedly burnt by the irate Igbo traders, before a team of riot policemen arrived and brought the crisis under control.
The spokesman for the Enugu State Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the development, said the police had restored normalcy in the market and its environs.
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