Mob razes shops, office in Wuse market over killing of suspect

GodGift Ifunanya
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Some sections of the popular Wuse market were set ablaze on Tuesday by irate youths protesting the killing of a suspect by a Police officer attached to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Mobile Court, The Nation gathered. 

The FCTA Mobile Court operates within the vicinity of the market.

Eye witnesses said the police officer mistook the suspect excuse to go to the mosque for prayers for attempts to escape after the Court ruled he should be taken into custody.

The suspect, who was in his early 20s, was shot as he made his way hurriedly into the mosque during a call for prayer.

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The development caused pandemonium in the market as angry youths razed a car park, some shops and an office of the Abuja Markets Management  Limited (AMML)

Smokes billowed into the atmosphere from different parts of the market while policemen immediately barricaded all entrances and exits into the market.

Some people jumped the perimeter fence to escape the panicking situation inside the market as policemen fired tear gas and shot sporadically to scare hoodlums from taking advantage of the situation.

The fire fighters later arrived with two trucks from the FCT Command of the Fire Service. After about twenty minutes, they put out the fire from the car park. But about four vehicles had been burnt by then.

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