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Road accident sparks fatal violence in Abuja


At least five people died in violent clashes in a suburb of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Wednesday.

Fighting broke out in Dei Dei, a hub where building materials are sold, after a woman who was identified as a trader, was crushed to death by a truck after she reportedly fell off a motorbike.

Violence erupted between traders in the market and local youths following the accident.

Dozens of people were injured and part of the market was burnt down.

The government minister who oversees the Nigerian capital has ordered the closure of the various markets in the community until calm is restored.

Human rights campaigners say the frequent cases of mob violence in the country are fuelled by deep-rooted impunity and a lack of confidence in the criminal justice system.