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Two killed, others injured as touts clash in Lagos

By Evelyn Usman & Ifeanyi Okolie
LAGOS — Two persons were, yesterday, killed and several others injured in a clash between factions of motor park touts in the densely populated Mushin area of Lagos.

This came as Ladipo market in the same area,  was again thrown into confusion, following  a renewed clash over the leadership of the market.

The fight in Mushin, which stretched to Onipanu, reportedly started on Wednesday. It was gathered that a faction that was overpowered on Wednesday, mobilised and unleashed mayhem on their opponents in a reprisal attack over ownership of one of the parks.

The clash reportedly brought business activities in the busy area to a halt, as traders hurriedly locked their shops while unsuspecting motorists plying the route had their windscreens smashed by the warring factions.

Meanwhile, the crisis at Ladipo auto spare parts market was caused by attempt by one o f the warring factions to topple the leadership of the incumbent chairman of Aguyi Ironsi International centre.

The market was shut by the Ministry of the Environment since December 24, 2011 for failure to partake in the weekly environmental sanitation.

Eye witnesses said officials of the Lagos State Task Force stormed the market,  yesterday, to ascertain the traders compliance with the cleaning exercise but met some of them (traders) at the gate. Attempt to arrest them met stiff resistance.

But suddenly, armed thugs reportedly invaded the market and unleashed mayhem on the traders, leading to a free-for-all.

When Vanguard visited Ladipo at about 6.30pm, armed policemen were seen combing the area. Contacted  to ascertain whether there  was any  arrested, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Samuel Jinadu, claimed  he was unaware of the incident, promising to reach Vanguard later.


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