•Over 200 displaced
From FRED ITUA, Abuja
There was a bloody clash late Saturday night in the Gwawalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja when some Fulanis and natives (Gwaris) were involved in a fight, which led to the death of two Fulanis. The incident led to the displacement of over 200 Fulanis who are currently seeking refuge at the University of Abuja permanent site along the Airport Road.
The FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed late yesterday evening visited the site of the incident to commiserate with the Fulanis at the university site. Bala said his administration was worried about the incident because the history of the relationship between the Gwaris and the Fulanis had been a cordial one. He urged them to take heart and should not take any action that will be seen as a reprisal attack.
Investigation by Daily Sun revealed that an age-long disagreement over the proprietorship of some farmlands between the Fulanis and the Gwaris led to the fracas. The Minister while speaking at the sight of the incident, revealed that President Goodluck Jonathan who had already been briefed about the incident, enjoined both communities to live in peace and harmony with one another.
As a way of providing immediate relief to those directly affected, the Minister announced that relief materials including food, water, mattresses and blankets have already been sent to them and added that they would continue to be looked after by the FCT Administration and NEMA. Senator Bala Mohammed who visited the incident site with FCT Police Commissioner and Commander of the Guards Brigade, and other top FCT Administration officials, ensured the displaced communities that all measures should be taken to ensure the security and protection of lives and property.
On his part, the Sarkin Fulani, who spoke on behalf of the Fulani Communities now, thanked the FCT Minister and President Goodluck Jonathan for coming to their rescue. He assured them that they would continue to live in harmony with the Gwaris in the FCT, while urging the government to ensure that such incidents do not happen again. Meanwhile, the FCT Minister has called a meeting tomorrow Monday, which he will be chairing at Gwawalada Area Council.
The meeting will held with leaders of both Fulani and Gwari communities, the Gwagwalada Area Council Chairman, traditional rulers of Gwagwalada and all other stakeholders with a view to making sure that peace between the communities was maintained, as well as finding lasting solution to such mishaps.