Five people killed in Ethnic clash in Nigeria
By Mohammad Ibrahim
March 4, Lagos: There was pandemonium on Thursday in City of Lagos following a deadly clashed between two ethnic communities in the city located in South West Nigeria.
The clash between Yoruba and Hausa communities left five people dead according to eye witnessed and property worth millions of naira damaged in the market area called Mile 12 market.
It was unclear what really caused the clash between the two communities but eyewitness say it began following a dispute between two commercial motorcyclists from the two ethnic groups.
Many shops and property were destroyed during the fracas which led to the state Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to temporary shutdown the market.
According to him, the market would remain closed until the dispute between the communities is resolved.
“ 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.
“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.”
“These types of clashes do occur from time to time in a multi-ethnic city like Lagos and the government has always responded appropriately.
“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," he said while addressing newsmen in the state.
Security agents comprising of Police officers from the Rapid Response Squad and other security agencies before the crisis came under control.
It could be recalled that Lagos state years back witnessed several ethno-tribal crisis which led to destruction of property worth millions of naira (Nigerian currencies).
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