Tension At Ilorin Mandate Market As Hausa Man Stabbed Yoruba Man Over Sugarcane

Security has been beefed up at popular Mandate market in Ilorin, Kwara State due to a palpable fear and tension in the market on Tuesday during a clash between an Hausa man who was allegedly stabbed a Yoruba man as a result of argument over sales of sugarcane.


According to a release signed by the spokesman of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC in the State Babawale Zaid Afolabi and made available to the newsmen on Tuesday, it took the timely arrival of the NSCDC operatives and other security personnel to prevent what could have resulted in bloody ethnic clash.

” We get a distress call on Tuesday that there was a clash between Yoruba and Hausa at Mandate market and we quickly mobilized our men to the scene in order to prevent total breakdown of law and other”. Babawale disclosed

Trouble started when a Yoruba man reportedly bought a sugarcane worth N50 naira from Hausa seller but found out that the sugarcane. was not sweet. The Yoruba man’s request to change the sugarcane did not go down well with the Hausa man. The latter was accused of stabbing the Yoruba man and this resulted in free for all fight between Hausa and Yoruba inside the market.

In the meantime the Yoruba man who sustained minor knife injury was taken cottage hospital where he is responding to treatment. Meanwhile there large presence of security personnel from n and around the market premises to order to prevent any form of reprisal or further breakdown of law and order.

” The NSCDC Commandant in the State Iskilu Ayinla Makinde has been briefed of the incident and has ordered 24 hours surveillance and and presence of our armed plain cloth personnel around the market premises and all the flash points have also been identified and necessary actions have been taken” The CDPRO concluded.

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