A Facebook post shared in Nigeria claims that local people in Gombe state in the north of the country have attacked and burnt shops belonging to Igbo, originally predominantly from the south-east, and Yoruba people, from the south-west.
The post reads: “The northerners have started burning Igbo and Yoruba shops in Gombe state telling them to go back to their land. Shops of Igbo and Yoruba in Gombe state is on fire as we speaks.”
Are these really shops owned by southerners, set alight by their northern neighbours?
Gombe traditional rulership crisis
A Google reverse image search of the photos shows they have been used several times to illustrate a violent crisis in Gombe state.
The protests, which eventually became violent, were reportedly because of a delay in announcing the candidate, out of three, who was to take over the throne of the Mai Tangale chiefdom. The previous monarch died on 10 January.
The protesters accused Gombe state governor, Inuwa Yahaya, of refusing to recognise the kingmakers’ choice, Dr Musa Maiyamba.
Maiyamba is the only of the candidates who is Christian, while the other two are Muslim. The governor is also Muslim.
According to Punch newspaper, Gombe state commissioner for internal security and ethical orientation, Dauda Batari, described the situation as the “senseless killings and destruction of people’s property in Billiri with religious and political undertones”.
The tweet warns: “The state government, security agencies and religious stakeholders should wade in before the crisis will escalate to other area councils in the state.”
The photos in the Facebook post are of protests unrelated to the rising tension between southerners and northerners in Nigeria.
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