Akure Clash: Residents Count Losses
Damaged cars and burnt houses underscored the aftermath of the clash between the Hausa community and followers of Masquerade in Akure on Sunday.
Few hours after the clash, residents of the state capital have started counting their losses while others have been rendered homeless.
Felicia Adekola recounted how she and her only daughter narrowly escaped the irate attack but lost property worth millions of naira.
“I was indoor together with my daughter when I heard the pandemonium from the outside. We immediately rushed out to discover that everybody was already scampering for safety in the area. That was how we too ran away from the scene. By the time the pressure was subsided, many houses including our own were already in flames." She told Bounce News in tears.
Festus Odunayo was another victim who merely came around to unwind with his friends at a nearby spot where the incident occurred.
"I only came around to relax with some friends at the joint where we normally meet. It was the noise that attracted us to come out and when we did, we had to run for our lives. My car was burnt beyond recognition."
According to a reliable source, it was gathered that some followers of a masquerade in Akure attempted to disrupt the business of the Hausa traders while on procession around Sabo area, which was resisted by the latter, leading to a clash.
The clash led to a major disruption in the commercial activities of the state capital for the better part of the day while vehicular movement was halted in the popular Adesida road.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Femi Joseph, said the command has begun investigation into the matter.
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