There was civil unrest at the Dei Dei building material market along Kubwa-Zuba express, Abuja on Wednesday.
It was gathered that the crisis broke out after a trailer allegedly crushed a woman to death after she fell from a commercial motorbike.
An eye witness account by one Friday Omeje revealed that the market was set ablaze by commercial motorcyclists because of the accident that led to the death of the woman on Wednesday afternoon.
“I was surprised when I saw people running for safety.
"What happened was that a biker (Okada) carrying a woman had an accident and the woman fell on the express when an oncoming vehicle ran over her and she died on the spot.
“So, relatives of the woman then called some military personnel who rushed to the venue and started arresting okada men, beating them, and burning their bikes.
"That was when the whole thing escalated and other Hausa guys picked it up", Omeje said.
Timber shades as well as properties worth millions of naira were also destroyed amid the clash.
Shopowners were forced to close their shops to avoid being attacked.
Security operatives have been deployed as of the time of filing this report.
Speaking on the development, Josephine Adeh, the spokesperson of the Police in the Federal Capital Territory, said the police was yet to get full details on the matter.
“Right now, we are there and we are trying to calm the situation down,” Adeh said.