Following yesterday’s hoodlum/traders clash at the Ladipo Auto-Market in the Mushin area of Lagos State, no fewer than 40 lock-up shops with different auto spare parts worth millions of naira this Wednesday morning were destroyed by an early morning fire at the market.
Confirming the incident, the Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Mr. Rasak Fadipe, said that the fire started at about 1 am and recorded no injury or death cases.
The hoodlums/traders clash at the market on Tuesday, reportedly left one person killed and several others injured. The crisis, which began around 8 am over illegal ticketing, snowballed into an ethnic fight between Igbo traders and Yoruba residents.
Residents of Odushina, Olapeju, Oloje, Akinwunmi streets and environs fled as vehicles were vandalized. Sources say the hoodlums were in the market to collect land fees and the traders resisted them, leading to pandemonium during which the windscreens of about 40 vehicles were smashed.
Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, had ordered investigation into the fracas, adding that normalcy had been restored.
The PRO said ”the fracas started between two people fighting over food. Four men were injured and rushed to a hospital. The Area D Command and RRS operatives have restored normalcy to the area. No death was recorded. The CP has ordered a full-scale investigation into the matter.”
Also, the Mushin Local Government Executive Secretary Jide Bello, who visited the scene, had urged the people to maintain peace, assuring them that investigation will be conducted and those found guilty punished.
Just last month, about 50 shops were destroyed by fire at the the Osoro section of Ladipo Auto-Market, Mushin, destroying goods, particularly assorted vehicle spare parts. The fire temporarily slowed down business activities in the affected section of the market.