Following the violent clash between Yoruba and Hausa residents of Mile 12 area of Lagos, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has ordered the temporary closure of the market.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the clash, which started on Wednesday night, had about four people killed when some residents of Hausa extraction went on retaliatory mission over the death of their kin.
An eyewitness said, “There are heavy presence of security with about three armoured personnel carriers. Scores have been killed; a man I know in person was beheaded. Some of the security operatives who are Hausas are aiding the Hausas in the area to kill the Yorubas.”
In a statement issued by the chief press secretary to the governor, Habib Haruna, he said “in order to further restore calm, I have ordered that Mile 12 Market be temporarily closed and urged traders, community leaders and other stakeholders to eschew violence, be calm and law abiding.
“Furthermore, I have also ordered a temporary restriction of movement in the following streets: Oniyanri Street, Maidan Street, Agiliti 1 and Agiliti 2.”
The governor said the police and security operatives had been deployed to the area to quell the dispute, assuring residents that peace would be restored in the area.
“Today, I have just been informed that some miscreants and criminal elements have exploited that dispute to cause a breakdown of law and order within the area. These types of clashes do occur from time to time in a multi-ethnic city like Lagos and the government has responded appropriately.
“The public is hereby assured that we will not shy away from our responsibilities to protect lives and property and we will deal decisively with those criminal elements who fan the embers of ethnic strife.”
The governor said he had received reports from the state commissioner of police and other security agencies who are on ground at the scene that the situation had been substantially put under control.
“I want to assure residents of Lagos State that the state is home to every ethnic group. No one should give this clash any ethnic colouration. Every law abiding citizen should go about their businesses.”

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