By Monsuru Olowoopejo & Angela Okpe
Lagos—Chairman of the Hausa traders at Mile 12 market, Alhaji Haruna Muhammed has appealed to Lagos State chapter of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, to prevail on the state government to re-open the market, disclosing that perishable goods worth more than N500 million was lost to the closure.
He clarified that traders at the market had no hand in the mayhem.
According to him; “Mile-12 market was not part of the clash. While the clash was going on, we were going about our trading. We appeal to Arewa Forum to help us talk to Lagos State Government to re-open the market.
‘’As I speak, hundreds of trailer loads of perishable foodstuffs are waiting on the Ibadan Express-way.
This is as the Lagos State chapter of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has spoken on the need for the Hausa community and other residents in Mile 12 area of Lagos to live in peace with one another.
Chairman of the forum, Alhaji Aminu Dogara, who led some officials to Mile 12 following last Wednesday’s clash, which resulted in the loss of lives and wanton destruction of property, described the incident as unfortunate, stating that the market was meant for all Nigerians, irrespective of tribe or religious affiliation.
He explained that the purpose of their visit was to commiserate with those whose shops were affected in the clash.
Ambode visits scene, as residents plead for relief
Meantime, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday, visited Mile 12 to inspect the scene of the fracas between the Hausa and Yoruba community which left over 10 persons dead and property worth millions of Naira destroyed.
Ambode was accompanied to the scene by members of the executive council and top security officials in the state, to examine the extent of damage caused by the mayhem.
During the visit, burnt houses and cars were sighted at different locations in the communities.
Also, Military Armoured Personnel Carriers, APCs, manned by military officials were sighted at different locations in the communities.
Residents were sighted pleading to the Governor for relief material, as it had been the custom of the state.
Ganiyu, who led the residents to plead for relief material from the governor, said “Please your Excellency, the mayhem has left an indelible mark on me. My house has been razed. I could not salvage my property. We need your assistance in order to continue our old lifestyle.”
Another resident, who identified himself as Olawale said “Your Excellency, you need to see what they had done to our houses; we need relief materials urgently. Please order your agencies to assist us with relief materials.”