One Killed In Jalingo Market Violence

One person lost his life following a clash between rival political thugs loyal to governorship candidates in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

Punch Metro reports that the clash, which took place at the Jalingo Market on Saturday, was the second of such in three weeks.

The Chairman, Jalingo Local Government Council, Abdulnaseer Boboji, confirmed the development in a telephone interview with Punch Metro on Sunday.

He, however, explained that the identity of the victim had yet to be ascertained.

Following the development, he said security operatives were deployed in the market to avoid a further breach of the peace.

Boboji, who expressed sadness over the incident said, “Yes, one person was killed last night (Saturday), but up to this moment, nobody has been able to identify the corpse.

“We are suspecting that the person might be a stranger, but investigation is ongoing and we are determined to get to the root of the matter.”

On when the market would be reopened, the council chairman said he was holding a meeting with the union officials, adding that the market would be reopened soon.

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Two weeks ago, rival political thugs clashed in the same area, with one person killed and a shop set ablaze by hoodlums.

Multiple sources said the renewed violence in the area, popularly called Angwan Gaadi, might be a reprisal following the murder of a political thug loyal to one of the governorship candidates in the state.



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