The metropolitan City of Lagos has welcomed people from different parts of the country and also various tribes in the world over the years. Hence it’s increasing population. However, some tribes still feel they are not given as much authority in Lagos state as they deserve, thus the ethnic clash. A clash between the Yoruba and Hausa communities in Lagos has forced the Lagos State government to shut down Mile 12 market after the clash claimed five lives.
The Governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode, has announced that the market would remain closed until the dispute between the communities is resolved.
These types of clashes do occur from time to time in a multi-ethnic city like Lagos and the government has always responded appropriately.
Mr. Ambode said.
The public is hereby assured that we will not shy away from our responsibilities to protect lives and property, and will deal decisively with those criminal elements who fan embers of ethnic strife.
The crisis started on Wednesday, although it’s major cause is yet to be revealed in details. However, according to a report by a resident of that area to newsmen, it resulted from dispute between two commercial motorcyclists from the two ethnic groups, which degenerated into a crisis after the Hausa rider allegedly stabbed the Yoruba rider. The resident said youths at Mile 12 attacked the Hausa Okada rider and this triggered the Hausa community to mobilize a revenge attack against the Yoruba community.
Five people have been killed since the clashes began and it took the intervention of police officers of the Rapid Response Squad to suppress the boiling tension in the area on the same day of the crisis. However, on Thursday, another round of clashes erupted again.
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.
Mr. Ambode said,
I have been assured by the commissioner of police and other security agencies who are on ground at the scene that the situation has been substantially brought under control. Let me assure Lagosians that the state is home to every tribe and ethnic group and nobody should give this disturbance any ethnic coloration whatsoever.
Meanwhile, the governor has placed a temporary restriction of movement in four streets in the area where the clashes occurred – Oniyanri Street, Maidan Street, Agiliti 1 and Agiliti 2.