The invasion of Sabo Market by Masquerades in Akure, Ondo State, has resulted to a serious clash between the Hausa and Yoruba youths on Sunday.
The clash which started at about 5p.m on Sunday at the Sabo market spread into the Ima’gun and Araromi areas of Akure, saw not less than 6 people injured.
Goods and properties worth millions of naira were reportedly destroyed during the clash, including six motorcycles, three vehicles, and at least 3 buildings were razed down. Some youths ceased the opportunity to loot stores
An eyewitness, Tunji Abayomi, while narrating the incident said:
“The fight started around 5 pm when the boys led the Masquerades from Ugele on Ado road into the Sabo Market in Akure. The plan was to lead the masquerades to greet one of the Akure Chiefs known as Chief Elejoka as parts of tradition inside the Sabo market.
“But things became twisted when they entered into Sabo with the masquerades and the Hausas were moving on with their businesses without any fear. This infuriated the Yoruba boys leading the masquerades as they began to beat and flog anyone (mostly Hausa) in sight.
“One of the Hausas was angered by the beating and decided to pull off the mask of one of the masquerades and this led to a heavy fight and violent clash”
Another eyewitness, Ibrahim Idris, an Hausa youth said, “We were sitting here and transacting our business when some of the Yoruba boys led their Masquerades into Sabo market. And while they were all walking into the Sabo market, they began to beat and flog us with the canes in their hands.
“As if that was not enough, many of them forced their way to our shops and looted our goods while hurling abuses on us. In fact, they entered one of the mosques and started molesting those praying and that was how the violent fight started.”
Meanwhile, security operatives have been drafted to the Sabo market and the neighbouring streets in order to restore normalcy and avoid reprisal attacks.