TENSION: Yoruba, Hausa traders clash in Lagos

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A clash between Yoruba and Hausa traders at Oke-Odo market along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway has led to a traffic lockdown in the area.

Vehicles heading to Lagos from Sango in Ogun State and those moving to Abule-Egba from Oshodi and other parts of the state were trapped.

A resident said that trouble started when traders at the market where food items are sold clashed over a yet to be known issue.

The situation reportedly escalated on Sunday morning when aggrieved traders started burning wares and make-shift tents.

Bala Elkana, Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, said the situation had been brought under control.

According to Elkana, “On August 18, 2019 about 10:00a.m, one Alhaji Adekunle Habib (m) of Ilepo market reported at Oke Ode Police Station that there was a misunderstanding between one Hausa scavenger and an area boy from Yoruba ethnic group.

“The area boy was carrying some goods on his head and was pushed by the Hausa boy in error and the goods fell down. Arguments ensued between the two parties which led to exchange of blows.
“Friends of the two parties joined in solidarity fight and other miscreants took advantage of the moment to steal and loot. They blocked Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway. What started as a fight between two miscreants almost snowballed into ethnic crisis, if not for the timely intervention of the police.

“Police teams from Oke Odo Division were the initial responders. The command sent reinforcements from the Operations Department, Rapid Response Squads, Taskforce, Tactical Units and Police Mobile Force. Divisions within the Area Command equally send reinforcements. The situation was brought under control and traffic cleared. No dead recorded but four persons sustained various degrees of injuries and are receiving medical attention.

“Five suspects namely, Kabiru Mohammed (m), Kabiru Adamu (m), Bashiru Mohammed (m), Saliu Madu (m), and Yusuf Amuda (m) were arrested in connection with the breach of peace. Normalcy has been restored and patrols are ongoing in the affected areas. Suspects will be charged to court.”

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