BY MOSES OKORIE
Some non-indigenes of Chafuyi community near Apo Mechanic Village at the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) in the Federal Capital Territory are currently living in fear of a possible reprisal attack by the indigenes of the community following the death of an indigene in a fracas with an Igbo resident.
According to eyewitness, some youths of the community, sometimes last month, embarked on a communal road construction work from their village to LEA Primary School Junction, Pigba Sama, a neighbouring community close to the main road.
On that day, the youths gave notices to some traders whose shops were extended to the road, and on Saturday, October 26, 2019, the youths came out again, in their numbers, to enforce the order by removing the extension that are affected by the road construction, and at the process, quarrel ensued between them and an Igbo trader.
Eyewitnesses further said the quarrel led to fracas between one of the Gbagyi (Abuja indigene) youths and the Igbo trader. The Gbagyi youth was hit on the head with wood, at the process, by the Igbo trader, he slumped, was rushed to the hospital, and was later confirmed dead.
Most of the non-indigenes have turned internally displaced persons (IDPs) in nearby communities in a fear of reprisal attack, despite the presence of men of the Nigeria Police Force who promptly responded.
The police officers led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Apo Division, John Emeka arrived the scene immediately to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
When NATION’S PRIDE visited the area, the Pigba District Head, Chief Emmanuel Gade and the Pigba Village Head, Chief James Dogo Zakwoyi were seen working hand-in-hand with the police to cool the nerves of the bereaved people.
As at the time of filing this report, the area was still under tension, and the alleged culprit was said to be in police custody.