Following Friday’s altercation between some youths at the Makurdi Modern Market and a few Muslim traders, Governor Samuel Ortom has directed security agencies to identify and prosecute the crisis’s mastermind.
On Friday afternoon, the crisis crippled commercial and business activities in the market, forcing traders to quickly close their doors and flee for safety when the aggrieved youths attempted to prevent some Muslim traders from conducting business in the market.
The enraged youths, it was learned, were enraged by a recent spate of armed herder attacks in the state, which claimed numerous lives.
In a statement to his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, the Governor condemned the crisis harshly, warning that his administration would not tolerate harassment of any innocent person in the state.
The statement included the phrase, “Governor Samuel Ortom strongly condemns yesterday’s incident at Makurdi’s Modern Market, in which some youths stormed the market and harassed traders they identified as Muslims.
“According to the Governor, no one has the right to prevent others from worshipping where they please. He directs security agencies to locate and apprehend the perpetrators.
“Governor Ortom also warns youths to abstain from acts that incite tension, warning that anyone found fomenting trouble will face prosecution.”
Meanwhile, the market has reverted to normalcy, as traders were seen conducting routine business and other commercial activities on Saturday.