Police deploy team to Abuja Banex market where ‘soldiers’, mob clashed

THE Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command have deployed a team to restore calm following a commotion in Abuja’s Banex market area, says the spokesperson, Josephine Adeh.

A viral video shared on X, shows several unidentified individuals assaulting at least two people wearing military camouflage uniforms in a ‘free-for-all fight’ at the Banex, a popular phone and accessories market in Abuja.

According to the viral video, the clash reportedly broke out following a disagreement over the sale of a phone. The mobs were seen slapping, kicking, and beating up the men in uniform.

In the video, some individuals were pouring water from an elevated building on the soldiers and people in the free-for-all fight.


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In another video, some people chanted “World War 2” as they fled the scene.




     

     

    However, the spokesperson for the FCT Police Command, Josephine Adeh said the Commissioner of Police, Benett Igweh has deployed officers of the FCT Intelligence Response Team to the scene of the incident.

    “The CP has deployed the Intelligence Response Team to the scene,” Adeh confirmed.

    The ICIR could not independently confirm if the men in uniform involved in the clash were soldiers or impersonators, but another video shared on X showed how soldiers have occupied major parts of the market. This indicates that the men may actually be soldiers.

    A Twitter handler by the name XOghre, commented saying “If you have any family member who owns a shop there, please tell them to pack up all their goods and lock up the shops and go home now. Nigeria and Nigerians are still living the consciousness of the military era.”

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