The Hausa community and some youth in the Wadata area of Makurdi, Benue state, clashed on Saturday.
It was gathered that the violence started after a Fulani man was hit and killed by a vehicle.
Some of the youths were reportedly injured in the ensuing clash, as some were taken to the hospital.
According to an eyewitness, “earlier today, a Fulani man was hit dead by a car in Wuruku market. Before we know it, hundreds of Hausa people all came out with their weapons and the whole area is now upside down,” the witness said.
There is a high concentration of Hausa and Fulani in the Wadata area of Makurdi. The main abattoir in the city is located in the area.
Businesses and markets in the area have closed as a result of the violence while cars are being vandalised by irate youth.
“We have to defend ourselves,” a youth scouring for weapons told newsmen.
Some armed mobile policemen recently arrived the area.
Following the mass burial of farmers killed by herdsmen on January 1, there has been increased tension between the locals and the Hausa community in Benue.