The Lagos state Police Command averted a religious crisis started by the Hausa Muslim community in Ketu area of the state. At about 9.05pm, the Ketu division received a distress call that a boy was about to be lynched by some youths because he wrote blasphemous words on their magazine.
According to the police, “the man wrote something on a magazine which the Hausa youths said was blasphemous. When other Hausa men saw it, they became angry and seized him. Some of his friends tried to rescue him and that almost started a fight. The police were alerted and they responded quickly and doused the rising tension between the Igbo community and the Hausa -Muslim community”.
Religious intolerance among mostly the Hausa Muslim youths continues to lead to clashes across the country. Nigerian religious leaders can assist in curbing this menace by communicating or preaching more inter-religious tolerance.
The Following day, a violent clash at the abattoir in the Hausa community of Oko-Oba area of Agege, Lagos State, and yesterday claimed one life and left scores injured. The Guardian gathered that the crisis was triggered after a Fulani man allegedly beat up a young Hausa girl over a yet-to-be ascertained matter. The young girl ran home to report to her parents, which incited some infuriated Hausa youths who set out to avenge the beating of their sister.
The incident had first started with an exchange of words before it became bloody. They fought with machetes and other dangerous weapons, at the end of which a man was killed and several others seriously injured. It took the intervention of the Commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Olatunji Disu, alongside the Area G Commander to restore peace, while arresting four suspects. – The Guardian NG
Another news source reported the incident as such:
At least nine people died yesterday during a clash between scrap dealers and cattle sellers at Oko-Oba Abattoir area of Lagos State. It was learnt that the scrap dealers, mostly Hausa, accused the ‘Seriki Fulani’ (the head of Fulani) of supporting the officials of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to demolish their shanties where they transact business, which falls within the territory of the corporation.
The confrontation between the two sides started on Tuesday night but snowballed into a major conflagration on Wednesday. According to sources, “The fight was as a result of demolition of some shops and shanties by the government. The Hausa were not happy about the demolition because they felt they were mostly affected since shanties and shops belonging to Fulani were not demolished. They felt the demolition was carried out by the Fulani leaders for their trailers to have easy access to the market. – Today.ng
There are differing narratives as to the original cause of the Fulani-Hausa youths clash in Lagos state. Also troubling are the attack weapons used: “Witnesses said that AK47 rifles, bows and arrows, machetes and daggers were freely used during the fight.” Either way, these attacks boil down to increasing “intolerance” among the youths of these tribes. The economic drab has also contributed to the increased level of agitation and clashes among members of the populace across the country.