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Hausa traders, task force clash claims two lives

Not less than two lives were lost as Hausa traders and a group of Onne youths in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State clash on Monday.

It was said that uproar started when one of the Hausa traders refused to pay his daily levy, when some youths, who claimed to be members of a local government task force went to Opaku Park in Onne, an Hausa community, and asked the traders to pay their daily levies, a development that angered the task force members

The disagreement immediately degenerated into a serious clash and led to the death of one of the task force members and a Hausa trader who was later found dead at the end of the clash.

The free-for-all fight that see community members joined the fray also led to the burning of a mosque as well as a church.

Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, the State Police Public Relation Officer, who confirmed the incident, told newsmen that it was a clash between Hausa traders and some members of a task force in Onne.

He said:

“We are aware of the development, though I am yet to get full details. We have swung into action and our men have been deployed in the area to maintain calm.”

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