PHOTOS: Tragic Xmas in Abuja, 10 killed, churches, houses razed as Gwari, Fulani clash
Christmas turned bloody yesterday for residents of Bwari Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
In the incident, 10 persons were reportedly killed, churches and houses razed in the clash between Gwari and Hausa/Fulani, which started at about nine o’clock in the morning.
Residents told Daily Sun that the crisis began when Christians were attending the Christmas service, and were attacked by Fulani leading to the burning down of the ECWA Church in the area.
It was gathered that the crisis between the Fulani and the Gwari who are the indigenes of the area had been lingering for sometime and that the Fulani who had allegedly been planning to carry out the attack, decided to do so on Christmas Day.
But eyewitness accounts insisted that the clash was over an alleged murder of a native Gwari. According to multiple eyewitnesses, the fight erupted following the appointment of a new traditional ruler by the Gwari.
The Hausa youths, it was gathered, were said to be unhappy over the choice of the new traditional ruler and his designation as an emir.
An earlier face-off on Sunday night reportedly left a Gwari native dead.