By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT — WHAT would have become a major fracas between Hausas in Port Harcourt and some people doing business around slaughter area of the Rivers State, capital, Port Harcourt, was averted, yesterday, by the quick intervention of policemen.
The police had to arrest 29 persons before they could bring the situation under control.
Trouble started in the area around 10 a.m., when a young man said to be from Akwa Ibom raised alarm that his private part was mysteriously stolen from him by a suspected Hausa man.
Efforts by those around to assist the young man prevail on the Hausa man to restore the alleged stolen organ was resisted by Hausa traders doing business in the area, a situation that almost snowballed into violence but for the quick intervention of the police.
When the police intervened and asked that the man, whose organ was allegedly stolen and the one accused of being behind the mysterious act be handed over to them, the Hausa traders also resisted.
According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Dr. Rita Inoma-Abbey, it took the police about four hours before they could go with the two men. Though she did not say if it was the Hausa traders around that resisted Police going with the complainant and the accused but she said, Police effort to go with them was seriously resisted.
Continuing, she said those around threw stones and other objects at the police in their bid to resist them from going with the men. According to her, the police had to arrest about 29 persons to calm things down.
At press time, security men had been deployed to the area and people were seen in groups discussing the development. Some of them expressed fear that some persons sustained injuries from bullets allegedly fired by Police during the mayhem, but this could not be confirmed.
Vanguard gathered authoritatively that the Police fired teargas into the surging mob.