Ladipo market mayhem: Police reconcile warring factions


In a bid to end the clash that had crippled business activities at the Ladipo market, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, on Wednesday evening held a closed-door meeting with the leadership of the market.

It was gathered that the meeting was attended by the leadership of the Igbo and Yorubas in the market, aimed at ending the lingering crisis that had led to destruction of property which worth could not be accurately ascertained.

It was learned that Owoseni addressed the traders briefly before he ordered the Departmental Police Officer, DPO of Olosan to ensure that he broker peace between the factions involved in the clash.

The clash was said to have started at about 10am on Tuesday, when some hoodlums (largely of Yoruba extraction) stormed the market to collect parking fees but were resisted by the traders, who were mostly of Igbo extraction.

Speaking to newsmen, Mr. Gabriel Oganeze, Chairman of Olateju/Rotimi Traders Association, said; “Truly we attended the meeting called by the CP and the aim was to end the clash that has led to destruction of property.

We are committed to ensure that there is a lasting peace in the market, as this is when we will be able to do business without fear.” Oganeze disclosed that; ‘’Although some of the traders whose property were destroyed during the clash demanded compensation but we are yet to reach conclusion on that. this is because we will need to see the Central Executive Committee of the market before any decision is taken on such demand.” …We lost over N300 million — Traders Lamenting the quantum of goods and property destroyed in the mayhem, Oganeze said; “We calculated the worth of goods destroyed in the inferno and we discovered that over N300 million goods were destroyed in the inferno.”

Two structures were on Wednesday razed displacing at least 100 traders. The two burnt structures were Light House Hotel on 13 Osoro Street and a plaza on 12 Olapeju Street, Mushin Local Government.

Corroborating this, the chairman said; “The cost I told you excludes the two buildings. And the reason we cannot state the worth of the buildings destroyed was because we are not the owners.”


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