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One dead, 5 arrested after crisis at Alaba market – Police

The Lagos State Police Command on Thursday said one person died in the fracas that erupted on Wednesday between motor park touts also known as…

The Lagos State Police Command on Thursday said one person died in the fracas that erupted on Wednesday between motor park touts also known as Area Boys and traders at the popular Alaba International Market, Ojo area of the state.

It said five persons had so far been arrested for alleged involvement in the bloody clash that left several persons injured.

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Daily Trust reports that two persons were killed and many injured when fighting broke out on Wednesday morning between hoodlums and members of the Alaba International market union taskforce.

The fracas erupted as a result of the moves by a certain transport union to establish a new park in the area. Speaking with our correspondent on phone, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said five persons had been arrested and one corpse recovered.

Hundeyin said normalcy had since returned to the area while policemen are currently on guard to prevent any breakdown of law and order.

 But rising from an emergency meeting, the market union said the market had been shut down until the state government addressed the issues.

 Members of the Alaba International Amalgamated Traders Association Council of Sectional Heads in a statement said it decided to shut the market over the rising threat to the security of lives and property in the market occasioned by the activities of members of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and those from the State Park Administration.

 

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