Mohammad Bello, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, on Thursday ordered the indefinite closure of the Dei-Dei International Market following the clash between commercial motorcyclists and traders.
It was gathered that the death of a yet-to-be-identified woman in the area was what led to the clash. Which resulted in the destruction of goods worth billions of naira in the market.
The minister gave the directive 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.
Bello also directed the community and the market leaders to fish out the hoodlums responsible for the crisis.
“The community and market leaders must fish out hoodlums and bad eggs among them, unfortunately, this time around hoodlums carry arms and they shoot innocent people. As a matter of fact, I saw four corpses. This is very sad and totally unequivocally unacceptable in Abuja.
“We have agreed with security agencies that full-scale investigations will be done, and the communities have to be part and parcel of the solution or else there will be no peace. In the interim, the timber market and the surrounding markets, including all the activities on-road that have clustered the road and made it impassable, will all stop until the technical team reviews everything, and then we will take the next decision.
“I am appealing to other communities within the FCT that there is no tribal or religious misunderstanding because all the leaders of various communities have lived here in peace for many years. This is simply the matter of criminals and hoodlums taking laws into their hands,” he said.