What started out as an argument between a tricycle rider and a passenger reportedly degenerated into bloodshed and burning of properties including mosques in Enugu State during the weekend.
According to reports, the chaos began on Saturday, 31st, October 2020 in the Nsukka Local Government Area of the state after a Hausa woman failed to pay her complete transport fare to a tricycle rider who carried her a long distance.
The woman whose name is said to be Aisha, after a heated argument, contacted her people who stormed the scene and descended the tricycle rider, beating him to a pulp. It was confirmed that the tricycle operator was stabbed by Aisha’s siblings.
According to reports, the tricycle driver carried Aisha and her goods to the army barracks, having agreed to pay a sum of N750. On arrival, Aisha, reportedly, refused to pay the sum and insisted she was going to pay only N500.
This resulted in a heated altercation that drew a crowd.
While people around were trying to calm the situation, Aisha reached to her siblings on phone and the argument became a serious fight between the irate youths and the Hausa community.
The youths who were angered by the attack on the fellow by the Hausa community reportedly stormed the scene in good numbers and destroyed two mosques and other valuables.
Claims that the tricycle rider died after being stabbed have been debunked by the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka. The church noted that the young man is receiving and responding well to treatment at their hospital. They also called for peace in the community.
Reports revealed that the military from the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, arrived at the scene some moments later restore calmness.