Two Feared Dead As Task Force, Hausa Traders Clash In Rivers
A church and a mosque were also burnt in the fracas that happened in Eleme Local Government Area.
Trouble started when some youths from Eleme, who are operating as a task force, went to Opaku Park in Onne to demand a payment of taxes from the Hausa traders.
The youths became angry when the traders declined paying the taxes and the ensuing argument resulted in a free-for-all fight.
One of the tax officials died during the fight and his colleagues, on noticing that one of them had died, killed one of the traders in retaliation.
The crisis further degenerated with some places of worship set ablaze.
The Public Relations Officer of the state’s Police Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed that the two groups clashed in Eleme and that the incident led to burning of a Church and a Mosque.
Omoni said: “We are aware of the incident, but I am yet to get details of what happened. We have swung into action and our men have been deployed to the area to maintain calm. “We are investigating the matter; we will make the report available as soon as we are through.”