By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Two persons have allegedly been reported dead while property worth millions of Naira were also destroyed during a fracas that happened between traders at Itam axis of Uyo metropolis, Akwa Ibom state on Wednesday.
Eye witnesses said the incident which started as a disagreement between two persons selling in the market popularly called Nasarawa Market in Itam over sharing of money around 2pm later turned a free-for-all fight by evening as two persons were feared dead.
The duo were said to have been loyal members to two factions led by one Louis Joseph and Abba Muhammad controlling the area.
Following the incident which became chaotic with police firing teargas into the air to put the situation under control, led to people within the area scampering for safety.
According to one of witnesses, who identified himself as Mr. Edet Essien, owners of shops along the area and market stalls in the market were abruptly closed down for business for fear of their wares and commodities being looted by the hoodlums.
Another, Mr. Joseph Bassey told our Correspondent that he was stuck on the road around Ibom Plaza as the the fracas has extended to the Plaza, a busy and commercial area in Uyo forcing people to run helter-skelter.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Odiko MacDon who issued a press statement confirming the incident but denied that no live was loss
SP MacDon said the Command upon hearing about the fight, moved in and put under control.
His statement, “TODAY’S CONFLICT AT ABATTOIR WAS CAUSED BY A DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN BOYS LOYAL TO ONE LOUIS JOSEPH AND ONE ABBA MOHAMED OVER SHARING OF MONEY.
“IT SNOWBALLED INTO CHAOS RESULTING TO THE INJURY OF ONE KINGSLEY JOHN, DESTRUCTION OF A TOYOTA CAMRY WITH REG. NO.UYY115MJ, BURNING OF A TRICYCLE AND A MOTORCYCLE.
“HOWEVER, THE COMMAND HAVE THE SAID SUSPECT, LOUIS JOSEPH IN OUR CUSTODY WHILE THE DUO OF AHMAD MOHAMED USENI ABDULRAMAN WHO WERE INJURED WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL.
“MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, PARTICULARLY THE MEDIA SHOULD KNOW THAT NO LIFE WAS LOSS AND THAT THE SITUATION WAS QUICKLY MANAGED BY THE POLICE AND IS UNDER CONTROL” SP Macdon stated.