Hunger: Hoodlums Attack Abuja Community, Kill Three Over Pot of Soup

Some hoodlums, known locally as baban bola, have killed three residents in Byazhin community, located in Kubwa, Bwari Area Council of Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja.


Eyewitnesses reported that the victims included two women and a young boy.

According to Jessica Adams, a resident of the area, the incident began when the scavengers attempted to steal a woman’s pot of soup. The woman raised an alarm, leading neighbors and passers-by to intervene and overpower the thieves.

Later that evening, around 8 pm, the hoodlums returned with reinforcements, armed with machetes, clubs, and stones, and began attacking residents indiscriminately.

The woman whose pot of soup was initially targeted was killed in the attack. Two other victims, a woman and a young boy, were passers-by who unfortunately got caught in the violence and lost their lives.

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“The hoodlums killed two people yesterday. The community has been in chaos since yesterday. The crisis continued till this morning when they killed somebody again. So far, three persons have been killed and many injured.

The Police intervened and restored normalcy, but no arrest was made. The Police have intensified their patrol in the Byazhin area of Kubwa to prevent them from regrouping,” Adams told Punch.

A resident of the community, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the deaths of the three individuals but stated that he was unaware of what might have sparked the clash.

“Yes, the riot started yesterday. And by this morning, we learnt that three persons have been killed. It happened in Byazhin around that Millionaire’s Quarters, behind that Living Faith Church. That place is usually dangerous, because it is quite lonely, and you cannot pass through there alone, especially in the evening,” he said.

It was reported that schools and shops in the area have shut down. Parents rushed to pick up their children from classrooms, and shops remained closed on Wednesday.

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