A policeman and a businessman identified as Ifeanyi Ozoka, were killed during a clash between rival youth gangs in Minna, the Niger State capital.
The gang fights which are common within Minna are usually between youths of different areas and have led to the loss of lives and properties.
The businessman killed
Security personnel were able to quell the clash which started on Thursday, January 20, between the youth of Limawa and Ogbomosho areas.
On Friday morning, they regrouped and disrupted the Minna central area, dispersing business owners who had to lock their shops and scamper to safety.
According to Punch, one of the traders whose shop is located along Ogbomosho Road was stabbed during the clash and later died in the hospital.
There are conflicting reports on how the policeman died. While some said he was mistakenly killed by his colleague, others said it was the clashing youths that killed him.
The policeman was said to have been among those drafted to the area to control the clash and protect other citizens.
Gang clashes have become frequent in Minna, making residents and commuters live in fear as the fights occur on major roads with the hoodlums fighting with stones and knives.
Residents usually get attacked, injured, have their goods stolen while windshields of cars get shattered in the course of such fights.