A few days ago, the Nigerian Army announced a cessation of Operation Python Dance in the South East.
The Operation was rolled out to forestall crisis, armed robbery, and clashes during the yuletide.
Well, the relative peace enjoyed by South-Easterners in Enugu State was marred by a fight between an Igbo man and a Fulani herdsman.
The scene of the altercation was at the famous Garki Market in Enugu State.
Trouble started when a Fulani herdsman refused to make necessary payment for slaughtering his cow at the abattoir.
Normally, butchers pay N500 naira for every cow they slaughter to the management of the facility.
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A Fulani man had reportedly slaughtered one of his cows but decided to pay N400.
An argument ensured between the Fulani herdsman and the Abbatoir attendant.
The attendant reportedly asked the Fulani man to pay the remaining N100.
The Fulani man insisted he wasn’t paying anything extra.
The misunderstanding deteriorated into a fight.
An eyewitness said Ali pulled out a dagger and stabbed the Igbo man severally on the stomach.
He was neutralized on the spot. The Fulani man tried to escape but some traders grabbed him and [neutralized] him on the spot.
The angry Igbo traders later mobilized and marched to the neighboring Garki mosque inside the Market.
They burnt it to the ground.
Policemen were immediately drafted to the scene to calm frayed nerves.
It is also rumored that Hausa/Fulani in the area has started leaving the area in droves.
A source told our news house that the Igbo traders in the Market were already stocking up weapons should the Fulanis stage a reprisal attack.