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1 feared dead in Lagos market clash

One man was reportedly killed while several others were injured in a bloody clash between rival gangs of miscreants at Ketu Market in Lagos on Monday, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

A witness, simply identified as Musiliu, told  NAN that the clash followed a disagreement between two groups of hemp smoking miscreants over the death of a member after heavy doses of marijuana.

”What happened was some guys smoking Indian hemp in the market were fighting among themselves over the death of someone whom they gave an overdose of the hemp.

”Afterwards, the miscreants were seen carrying the corpse about in the market chanting war songs and destroying anything on sight. I think that was when the policemen were called to intervene.

”The police detachment from Ketu Police Station came and started shooting sporadically in the market while the miscreants were also seen facing them in spite of the shooting.

”The police latter went back to reinforce and that caused a lot of trouble as the market people started running helter skelter in order not to be caught up in the crisis, ” the witness said.

Chioma, another witness, said that the trouble started when the policemen were trying to repel an attack by the miscreants.

”We are tired of these jobless youths coming to Ketu to smoke Indian hemp in the market. They are causing trouble here in this market.

”Its been long they have been smoking here causing trouble for us in the market. The trouble today started with them, they are attacking those policemen that came to restore peace in the market.

”I think the policemen are not happy with thier effrontery at repelling them, so the policemen went for reinforcement.

”Things got worse as the policemen came back to the market, shooting sporadically into the air while people run for dear lives,” she said.

Speaking on the riot, Spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Choke Oti, told NAN that normalcy have been restored in the area.

“Our men are there doing the needful. The police is proactive and we have been able to put the situation under control.

” The Lagos State Police Command will not relent until perpetrators are brought to book. The area is presently under survellance,” Oti said. (NAN)

 

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.