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DANGOTE TRUCK: COMMUNAL CRISIS AVERTED

In the early hours of Monday April 8, 2019, passerby and onlookers at Uromi Junction by former Mr. Biggs witness an accident scene where a Dangote Truck driver, alleged to be driving against traffic killed a young electrical automobile apprentice who was said to be heading for breakfast that morning.

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According to our source, an angry mob left the accident scene 15 – 20 minutes later and evaded the Hausa community with sticks and cutlasses to attack innocent Hausa indigenes that had no knowledge about the accident simply because the driver was from their tribe. The mob destroyed the windscreen of several Dangote trucks parked along Uromi/Igbanke road after which they started attacking law abiding Hausa indigenes trading along the road all in an attempt to retaliate the death of the young man.

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Hausa community Ika South, known as Gaddafi

But for the timely intervention of Hon. Festus Okoh A.K.A Chuky Dandy who came along with security operatives and diplomatically halted the youth’s invasion into the Hausa community preventing them from further actions. His presence along with the security operatives scared the angry mob away as they scampered away

The youth leader of the Hausa community Ika South, known as Gaddafi told Ika Weekly that he had told his people to be calm and not attack in retaliation while the mob was damaging their trucks, throwing stones and assaulting them. He added that his people had to flee to Igbanke and other areas for safety until the arrival of Hon. Festus Okoh with the security operatives. In his words, Gaddafi Said, “It was when Hon. Chuky Dandy came with his security operatives that everywhere became calm, we had to call our people to come back that peace had been restored and that nothing is going to happen again. I specially want to thank Hon. Chuky Dandy for his intervention, the way he addressed us gave us confidence, he is a very good leader. There was no Agbor youth leader that addressed us or came to apologize even after the matter happened but we leave everything to God. Again I want to thank the Dein of Agbor who immediately sent his chiefs to ensure that we are safe and comfortable”.

He further said that the Hausa community had settled in Uromi junction part of Agbor since 1906 and that most of them there currently were born and brought up in Agbor and have become a part of the Agbor Kingdom. He admonished the elders and leaders to always speak out against such acts of taking laws into ones hand emphasizing that it has grievous consequences, he also urged Agbor youth leaders to be pro-active and not let matters escalate before reactions. He also said that not all of the Hausa persons among them are known to them, that some of them are unknown to the community. Addressing the angry Agbor youths, who had already set the truck which killed their friend ablaze, he cautioned them to stop taking the laws into their hands so as to ensure that the justice is established.

The Ika South Local Government Chairman, Hon. Barr. Victor Okoh, who also visited the Hausa community in company of the Agbor Police Area Commander sued for peace, they also sympathized with the family of the deceased accident victim.

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