OYOGist.com has learned that two people are reportedly feared dead as Cameroonian and Nigerian business groups clashed this week in Deira, Dubai, a witness told The Guardian on Tuesday. The two people killed were Cameroonians, two witnesses said in separate voice notes sent by the witness to our correspondent.
The fight broke out after Cameroon’s merchants accused the Nigerians of selling beer at cheaper prices, thus attracting more customers to their shops.
“Nigerians are selling beer at a cheaper price than they are,” said one person familiar with the crisis in one of the voice-over notes. “This was the reason for the serious crisis, although they said the situation was under control. People are still fighting elsewhere.
The head of the Commission for Nigerians in the Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erew, did not respond to the text message sent to her phone on Tuesday night.
However, the Cameroon News Agency reported that the fighting stopped after Nigerians attacked a Cameroonian trader identified as Tasso. The two communities were said to have fought in a cold war at a place where both sell drinks.
“Last night, after beating Tasso almost to death, about 10 Cameroonians stormed the streets looking for their attackers. One person was seriously beaten while others escaped, the Douala news website said in a post on its Facebook page. Dubai police have been alerted, but the situation remains tense.”
A Nigerian said the indiscriminate arrest of the police had not helped to defuse the tension. “I don’t know what’s going on with the police chief. We complain about the state of things, they do something else,” he said.