Death of Trader Sparks Riot in Ladipo Market

by on February 26, 2016

It took a combined effort of police and soldiers to forestall deadly clash yes­terday at Ladipo Auto Spare Parts market when traders went on rampage to protest the death of one of their col­leagues.

Though no lives was lost, the fragile peace that was bro­kered last week between the traders and some hoodlums claiming to seize ownership of a section of the market, was shattered as the traders gathered in solidarity to pro­test against the death of one of their own who was brutalised during a renewed clash with hoodlums on Tuesday.

One of the traders, Anene Otazi, was shot on Tuesday and was rushed to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, where doctors battled to remove pellets from his body and was for days in critical condition before he gave up the ghost early Thursday.

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The news of Otazi’s death sparked-off instant anger from his colleagues, who mo­bilised themselves and began to protest round the market chanting war songs.

Chairman of Odo Ala­dura Traders’ Union in La­dipo, Mr Chukwuma Uroko, blamed the hoodlums for the constant attacks on trad­ers. Uroko said many trad­ers were attacked with ma­chetes and suffered gunshot wounds.

He said the leader of the thugs brought caterpillars for the exercise and ordered the drivers to demolish the struc­tures with traders’ goods in­side the shops.

“When the traders could not bear the attacks and in­timidation, we resisted and chased them away after they had inflicted injuries on many of the traders.”

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Uroko appealed to both the Mushin Local Council and the state government to call the hoodlums to order as they go about boasting that government was behind them and using it to harass and intimidate traders.

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