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Security Agencies Take Over Control of Banex Plaza After Traders’ Brawl with Soldiers in Wuse

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Afor Kenneth:

Soldiers and operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have taken control of the popular Banex Plaza in the Wuse area of the nation’s capital after a brawl involving traders and soldiers.

A trader, who spoke anonymously, confirmed the incident, stating that the altercation began when three soldiers confronted a trader over a phone issue. The disagreement quickly escalated, involving other traders and escalating tensions.

According to the trader, who operates from the Old Banex complex, the phone dealers banded together and overpowered the soldiers and a civilian who was with them.

Concerned by the situation, the FCT Police Command intervened and called for calm, urging residents of the capital city to continue with their lawful activities.

FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Benneth Igweh, issued a statement through the FCT police spokesperson, SP Josephine Adeh, hours after the clash, reassuring the public that security operatives, including both police and troops, were deployed to restore peace and order.

“Following a reported unrest at Bannex Plaza today being May 18, 2024 at about 01:30 PM, involving some occupants of the plaza, customers and some soldiers, operatives of the FCT police command, swiftly mobilized to scene, assessed situation and restored order.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that one Suleiman Ahmed who had earlier gotten a phone from one Suleiman Ibrahim, a shop owner at New Bannex, went with four soldiers to persuade the seller for replacement upon discovery that the phone is faulty, which met the resistance of the shop owner. This action resulted in a confrontation and squabble with the military personnel. This development led some irate mobs to attack the military personnel which led to an uproar in the environ.

“All parties were invited for questioning, the military personnel have been handed over to their organization for necessary action to be taken,” Adeh said.

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