The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Malam Mohammad Musa Bello has ordered the closure of Dei – Dei International Market indefinitely.
The order came following the clash between commercial motorcyclists and traders that claimed five lives in Dei- dei yesterday.
The Minister gave the order immediately after inspecting the scene of the incident with the FCT Commissioner of Police Sunday Babaji, Director State Security Services with other sister security agencies and top officials of the FCT Administration.
Trouble started in the market when a female trader yet to be identified fell off a commercial motorcycle and was crushed to death by an articulated vehicle.
Bello directed the community and the market leaders to fish out the hoodlums responsible for the crisis.
He said: “The community and market leaders must fish out hoodlums and bad eggs among them, unfortunately this time around the hoodlums carried arms and shot innocent people. As a matter of fact, I saw four corpses, this is very sad and totally unequivocally unacceptable in Abuja…because all the leadership of various communities have lived here in peace for many years.
“In the interim the timber market and the surrounding markets, including all the activities on roads that clustered the road and made it unpassable will all stop untill the technical team reviews everything, and then we will take the next decision.” Bello said
The FCT Minister who assured that security agencies would carryout full scale investigations of the mater , appealed to other communities within the FCT to maintain calm, as there was no tribal or religious misunderstanding in the FCT.
On his part, the vice chairman of Timber market in Dei-Dei, Mr Ifeanyi Chibata who told the FCT minister and his team that about 45 to 50 shops were burnt with 25 vehicles set ablaze, said the loss would amount to billions of naira.
The secretary Tomato and Onion Sellers Association Dei-Dei, Dahiru Garba Mani disclosed that four persons were killed during the clash in the market.
The Marketers called for provision of a police post with adequate personnel in the Market.
By Remi Johnson