Bwari violence: Three deaths confirmed, curfew imposed on Abuja town

A section of the market that was burnt

Three people have been confirmed dead in the violence that occurred in Bwari town of Bwari Area Council, Abuja.

A dusk to dawn curfew has, consequently, been imposed on the area.

The violence occurred in the area on Monday morning leading to burning down of the major market in the community.

PREMIUM TIMES reported the violence, which residents said was caused by the killing of a man late on Sunday.

According to a resident of the area, the violence started late Sunday night after a Hausa man killed a man said to be of Gbagi ethnicity. In revenge, the Gbagis residing in the area burnt down the Bwari market on Monday, the resident said. Most of the traders in the market are believed to be Hausas.

Another witness, who identified herself as Bimbo, said there has been tension between Hausas and Gbagis in the area for a while.

“But the cause of this fight is because a Gbagi man was killed last night. Right now, all the Hausas in this area are running towards Kaduna area because of the fear of getting killed,” she said on Monday evening.

On Monday evening, the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, imposed a 6 p.m.to 6 a.m. curfew on Bwari township.

The Minister of FCTA, Muhammad Bello, after a closed-door meeting with stakeholders in the Area Council, declared the curfew while assessing the damages caused by the crisis.

Mr. Bello told journalists that three people died in the violence.

Fire fighters arrived the market at about 8:00 p.m. on Monday to put out the fire. Although they came much earlier in the day, they were prevented from working by rioters.

The deployment of armed soldiers and police officers to the scene eventually doused the tension. By then, most of the shops in the market were completely burnt.

The police in Abuja said they have begun investigation into the violence.

The Abuja police spokesperson, Anjuguri Manzah, told PREMIUM TIMES that the cause of the violence could not be ascertained yet.

“I cannot tell you about the cause now. All we are concentrating on now is to ensure peace returns and residents can move freely,” Mr. Manzah said.


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  • Otile

    This killings and burning of Bwari homes is ungodly. Now that Mohamed Buhari is in power the Hausa Fulani are empowered to decimate other ethnic groups. It is on record that whenever they invade Igboland they not only commit massacres, they also vandalize homes. Fulani Buhari recently sent his brother-in-law Gen Barutai to commit such dastardly act outside Umuahia in Abia State. ICC is watching.

    • otunga

      My friend, I can’t find the right words to describe your gross stupidity, suffice it to say whatever money was spent putting you through any phase of formal education was a total waste if a human being can reason this way in the 21st century…Christ!

      • Arthur Chibuzor

        Otunga, It’s rather so unfortunate that you sound like this as if you never heard about the activities of the herdsmen in every part of this country since Buhari became president. I want to believe they are either Yoruba herdsmen or Calabar herdsmen. Pls tell the world from your wealth of wisdom which tribe is this menace from. It appears as if Buhari presidency licenced them to kill with impunity. Your education is an utter waste if you claim ignorance of this glaring truth which ranks as the 4th worst terrorist group in the world.

        • Musa M. Dantsoho

          “Hoodlums have killed three persons and set ablaze Bwari market after suspected cultists stabbed one Wisdom Philip.
          City News gathered that Philip was returning from midnight Christmas service yesterday when he was allegedly stabbed by suspected cultists at Market Junction, near Etsu Bwari’s palace.
          Joyce Yahaya, a cousin of Philip’s, who spoke to our reporter on phone, said her cousin was attacked by the cultists at about 1:00a.m. while returning from church.
          “The cultists were said to be chasing somebody when Philip encountered them and asked why they were chasing somebody at that time of the day and on a special day like Christmas. They were said to have gotten angry and stabbed him in the stomach.
          “He was rushed to Summit Hospital at Area One, Bwari, but doctors rejected to admit him, saying his case was beyond them. He died while he was being taken to Bwari General Hospital,” she said.
          She said the situation got out of hand later in the morning when relatives of the late Philip went to the cemetery to bury him and the hoodlums went there and chased the mourners away.”
          Source: Daily Trust, December 26, 2017
          There is no mention of herdsman in the story.

          • Otile

            You are a damned lair. Your fake story is not credible, go and tell your story to the dogs.

          • Musa M. Dantsoho

            I am happy as the dogs who called the story a lie have read it. Sensible among them will accept the truth after shredding the animalistic mentality.

      • Otile

        You are a very dishonest man. Why do you pretend you don’t know about the atrocities going on since Buhari came to power? If your claim is true then your education is nothing but “WE” – Wasted Education.

    • Musa M. Dantsoho

      Are you analysing conflict that occurred in Bwari or making nuisance of yourself?

      • Otile

        Brutality hurts no matter who is the victim. Whether in Bwari or Igboland the effect is the same.

        • Musa M. Dantsoho

          First and fore most there is need to know the truth instead of being speculative. That is common sense, and not apply stupidity on issue that needed caution for the truth to come out.

          • Otile

            Are saying that the Fulani attacks on Igbo and other ethnic groups are speculative and people should accept such atrocities as the will of Allahu? It will be sheer stupidity to play dumb and pretend that those lawless activities don’t exist. Accursed be all of you who condone these crimes against other ethnic groups.

          • Musa M. Dantsoho

            No sane person would accept the irrelevance you are promoting here. The story is different from what you want others to believe. Well, it may have some relevance to demented brains.

          • Otile

            Demented brains like yours, ko?

          • Musa M. Dantsoho

            You have confirmed yourself one also.

  • john

    Based on reports as published by some media outfits, Hausa settlers should learn how not to allocate traditional stool responsibilities to themselves. And government should desist from coronating a non indigene as king/ sarkin over owners of the land. It’s like coronating an Igbo as Chief of Zaria or Kano emirate.
    If as a non indigene, one doesn’t want to be subjected to the tradition of the locals, you either relocate to where you are coming from or you remain their subject.
    No right thinking man should think in that direction. It’s an act of impunity for a minister or Governor to approve such coronation.
    What led to the crises as narrated by the Chief of Bwari is glaring.

    • Musa M. Dantsoho

      Please don’t sit in your village analysing something you are completely ignorant about simply because you have ethnic and religious score to settle with Hausa. What do you know about Bwari and the Chieftaincy issue there? When last did you come to Abuja let alone Bwari?

      • Lukman bankole

        Oga Musa what John is saying not but pure truth, u sand evil sir

        • Musa M. Dantsoho

          What do you mean by pure truth. Allow John to explain what he knows about Bwari chieftaincy issue, or you help him if you know.

          Some miscreants just deliberately worked out breach of peace and certain misinformed called it chieftaincy tussles.

      • Bebeto

        you tell us what you know different from what he has said.

        • Musa M. Dantsoho

          The following narrations will be helpful to the misinformed:-

          “Hoodlums have killed three persons and set ablaze Bwari market after suspected cultists stabbed one Wisdom Philip.
          City News gathered that Philip was returning from midnight Christmas service yesterday when he was allegedly stabbed by suspected cultists at Market Junction, near Etsu Bwari’s palace.
          Joyce Yahaya, a cousin of Philip’s, who spoke to our reporter on phone, said her cousin was attacked by the cultists at about 1:00a.m. while returning from church.
          “The cultists were said to be chasing somebody when Philip encountered them and asked why they were chasing somebody at that time of the day and on a special day like Christmas. They were said to have gotten angry and stabbed him in the stomach.
          “He was rushed to Summit Hospital at Area One, Bwari, but doctors rejected to admit him, saying his case was beyond them. He died while he was being taken to Bwari General Hospital,” she said.
          She said the situation got out of hand later in the morning when relatives of the late Philip went to the cemetery to bury him and the hoodlums went there and chased the mourners away.”
          Source: Daily Trust, December 26, 2017

      • ThinkLikeAHuman

        The same thing John has said is the same report I got from indigenes on the ground. The cult story was fabricated by the FCT minister.
        Hausas should rule where they are in the majority. What they’ve done historically in bwari and kafanchan is wrong.

  • Saminu Azare

    Bwari’s crises was cultist not chieftancy issues no right thinking person will just comment on issues that he does not know anything about it pls be wise Thanks.