Damilola Aina, Abuja
Daily Courier – The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Malam Mohammad Musa Bello has ordered the closure of Dei – Dei International Market indefinitely.
The order came following the clash that occured between commercial motorcyclists and the traders that claimed five lives in Dei- dei yesterday.
The Minister gave the order immediately after inspecting the scene of the incident with the FCT Commissioner of Police, Sunday Babaji, Director state security services with other sister security agencies and top officials of the FCT Administration.
Trouble started in the market when a female trader yet to be identified fell off a commercial motorcycle and was crushed to death by a vehicle.
Bello, directed the community and the market leaders to fish out the hoodlums responsible for the crisis.
He said: “The community and market leaders must fish out hoodlums and bad eggs among them, unfortunately this time around hoodlums carry arms and they shot innocent people. As a matter of fact, I saw four corpses this is very sad and totally unequivocally unacceptable in Abuja…because all the leadership of various communities have lived here in peace for many years.
“In the interim the timber market and the surrounding markets, including all the activities on road that have clustered the road and made it unpassable will all stop untill the technical team reviews everything, and then we will take the next decision.”
The FCT Minister who assured that security agencies would carryout full scale investigations of the matter, appealed to other communities within the FCT to maintain calm, as there was no tribal or religious misunderstanding in the nation’s capital city.