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Properties razed as Hausa & Gwari tribes clash in Abuja



Several properties were razed on Monday, Christmas day, as members of the Hausa and Gwari tribes clashed in Bwari, Abuja, Punch reports.

An eyewitness, Musa Nurudeen, who spoke to Punch said the clash started after a fight broke out between a Hausa youth and a Gwari youth.

The two tribes had for a while been tussling for supremacy, Nurudeen said, as there exists two traditional rulers from both tribes – Sarkin Bwari from the Hausa tribe and Etsu Bwari from Gwari.

The fight between the youths reportedly led to the death of the Gwari youth, which angered his people, and led to the clash. Nurudeen said:

In October, there was a protest by the Gwari people that there cannot be two rulers in one kingdom and that they want the government to recognise the Etsu Bwari while the Sarkin Bwari should be abolished.

So last night, there was a fight between a Gwari and a Hausa youth which led to the death of the Gwari youth, this infuriated the Gwari youths and that was what led to the clash.

Security operatives have since contained the violence, Punch reports, asking residents to remain indoors and turning motorists back.

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) patrol vehicles were also seen in the area.

While the FCT Police Command has confirmed the clash, they said the details are still sketchy. The FCT Police Spokesperson Anjuguri Manzah said:

The details of the incident is still sketchy, but our immediate objective is to contain the violence and ensure security of lives and property.

See photos from the clash below:

Photo Credit: Punch


  1. Lailatu

    December 26, 2017 at 12:31 am

    The Hausa/Fulani man always expects to lord it over the owners of the land. Them and their sense of entitlement.

  2. Asabe

    December 26, 2017 at 4:47 am

    “Gbagyi” not Gwari

  3. mulikat

    December 26, 2017 at 11:05 am

    they cant be 2 King in one kingdom. everybody know that is pure land of Gwari tribe,nothing like Hausa tribe in Abuja,Suleja e.t.c that area are 1000 precent Gwari tribes,before FG ,use power to take their land from them and make it FC Of naija.

  4. Ruby

    December 26, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Bwari, Abaji, Kwali and most part of the FCT are either Gwari or Nupe land. They are the indegenous people of FCT.
    How is there a Sarki Bwari who is an Hausa man? It is like having an Igbo man as the traditional ruler of Ilé-Ifè.
    Nigeria sha… When will we get things right?

    • Mawi

      December 26, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      Typical of hausa people. They migrate to other people’s lands and seek to dominate, by whatever means. This has been the case in places like Plateau, Kaduna etc. Why they can’t simply live in peace with others, I can’t understand.
      Then they wonder why they are not easily liked; always ready to steal, kill and destroy

  5. JOS BOY

    December 27, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    When we say there is a GRAND PLAN TO ISLAMIZE NIGERIA some fools out there will say its not true. How will a hausa man be Sarkin Bwari? where did the hausa man come from? When you have only the muslims and hausas as FCT Ministers why wont they gradually take over the land for the hausa man. Soon they will claim the whole of Abuja. They tried to do that In Jos, they have taken over Kaduna, they are encroaching into Taraba, they are taking over gradually. The idea is to instil fear in the people with violence like this. Check it an see they have used violence to take over lands. So called fulani men are chasing villagers away from their lands.

  6. Shekwolo Joseph

    October 24, 2018 at 1:15 am

    The Gbagyis are called gbayi not gwari. Stop calling us gwari plsssss. The dirty word gwari was coined hausas to demean us.

  7. Shekwolo Joseph

    October 24, 2018 at 1:16 am

    The Gbagyis are called gbayi not gwari. Stop calling us gwari plsssss. The dirty word gwari was coined by hausas to demean us.

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