By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Shop owners, who went to the Kaduna Central Market, in the heart of the metropolis, were on Saturday seen scampering for safety as hoodlums were said to have gone on rampage at the market, which led to people sustaining varying degrees of injury.
An eye witness account, from Malali part of the city, told journalists that she went to the Bakin-Dogo area of the market to buy local food stuff, garri, only to sight the hoodlums wielding sickles, knives, sticks and other dangerous weapons. She said upon sighting them, she immediately abandoned her shopping and fled for her dear life.
According to her, they were heard chanting ‘baza mu yarda ba,’ roughly translated from Hausa language to mean, “We’ll not agree.”
“I was telling a trader to give me two measures of garri, only to see them approach, wielding weapons like sickles, knives and sticks. An elderly man that sells tomatoes took to his heels on sighting them, prompting the rest of us to follow suit,” she said.
Another eyewitness said she was surprised at the way the hoodlums behaved. “They don’t even have human feelings; any small thing they just start cutting themselves. Something they can solve amicably, they leave to cutting themselves,” she said.
A member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), who was loading commercial buses for Malali close to the Leventis Round About, blamed the incident on hoodlums, who cause such chaos to use as a ploy to disposes innocent traders as they ran for safety of their wares.
“Yesterday, there was heavy security presence around Leventis Round About. I suspect it was to prevent incidents like this. These hoodlums ought to have learnt that the present government does not tolerate breach of peace, and would go all out to deal decisively with those out to cause unrest,” he said.
Investigations by our correspondent revealed that the fracas was an in-fighting between the Vigilante groups, Kato Da Gora, that operate around the area.
Confirming the crisis, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Kaduna State Command, ASP Aliyu Mukhtar, said that it was a fight between the same group, but assured that the Police was swift in controlling the situation.
He explained that some arrests were made, and the suspects will be prosecuted for breaching peace in the society.
ASP Mukhtar said that no life was lost in the incidence, but some of the warring men sustained minor injuries.