Several cattle were slaughtered and expensive properties, including cars, were also destroyed.
According to reports, the two groups started having issues after the Nigeria Railway Corporation demolished some shanties and shops, reportedly owned by the Hausas, around the railway line.
The Hausas, who were majorly scrap collectors, accused the Fulani, who were cattle dealers, of being responsible for their ordeal. They said the Fulani encouraged the government to demolish the structures to facilitate easy rail transport of their cows from the north to the abattoir.
Jimoh Umoru, a trader, said the tension turned into a full fight when a Hausa woman was assaulted by a Fulani man, who had bought food from her and refused to pay.
“There was an argument between them and the man assaulted the girl. That was how the two tribes started fighting each other," he said.
“Around 1am on Wednesday, some of the Fulani youths invaded the apartments of the Hausa and killed some of them.
“By 5am, the Hausa launched a reprisal and injured many of the Fulani and destroyed their property. The Hausa suffered higher casualties,” he said.
However, another report said the clash was caused by an alleged robbery of some Hausa men by some Fulani boys at a hotel in Kogiri.
A complaint was filed before the Seriki Fulani, Bello Damobapa, but he didn't take any action, causing the enraged Hausa men to storm his palace on Tuesday night vandalising three Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs).
On Wednesday morning, a crowd of Fulani boys armed with sticks, bottles and cutlasses reportedly trooped to the railway lines where Hausa scraps collectors operate and started attacking them.
An unnamed trader blamed the Fulanis for the whole brouhaha.
“The Fulani in the market are not tolerant. Any little disagreement, they would start threatening mayhem. The government should be proactive because the Hausa have vowed to avenge their slain brothers. The battle is always at night when people have gone to bed. We are not safe,” he said.