Lagos Assembly Calls For Relocation Of Mile 12 Market

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The Lagos State House of Assembly during plenary on Monday called for the relocation of Mile 12 and Owode Onirin markets from its current location, following the recent mayhem at Mile 12  last week, where some people lost their lives and properties destroyed.

The House said under matter of urgent public importance moved by the lawmaker representing Oshodi Isolo Constituency II, Hon. Jude Idimogu, that the incident was unfortunate and should be avoided.

It also called for the investigation of military men that have been permanently positioned in Mile 12 market since 1999.

The Assembly consequently called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to relocate Mile 12 and Owode Onirin Markets to another location after conducting necessary feasibility studies and when accompanying infrastructures must have been provided.

It also urged the governor to conduct a high-powered inquiry into the crisis and punish the perpetrators.

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While commiserating with the family of those who lost their lives in the incident, the House condemned the killings and the attitude of soldiers stationed at the market who could not prevent the crisis.

The Speaker of the House, Hon. Mudashiru, had earlier said that the incident was a result of disagreement amongst brothers, adding that the state should summon courage and come up with a solution.

He lamented;

Soldiers have been stationed at the market since 1999, yet they have not been able to solve the problem. There is a police station there, what did the DPO do, when the incident occurred.

It is a market without structure, we can move the market to another place if we can provide an alternative. We should look at a new planning, we cannot have such a market at the centre of a megacity.

Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Sanni Eshinlokun stressed that the market was not well organised and that a visit to the place revealed that it is not a conventional market.

Meanwhile, police reports say about 50 suspects have been arrested over the incident between the Hausa and Yoruba communities in Mile 12 last week.

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