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HOODLUMS UNLEASH MAYHEM ON RESIDENTS OVER MARKET LEVY

Some hoodlums unleashed mayhem on the residents and commuters in Ketu yesterday on Wdnesday the 17th of March. The fight which started in Ketu in Lagos on Tuesday night around 11pm and spilled into Wednesday, was between Ikosi boys and the Ketu Fruit Market boys. Scores of people were injured.

The hoodlums used the opportunity to loot shops and vandalize vehicles and tricycles in the area.

The fight is a struggle for control over the revenue generated in the Ketu Fruit Market.

According to information we scooped from the people in the area, trouble started when the market boys visited the traditional ruler of the area and tried to discuss their concern with him over the market.

The traditional ruler of the community refused to listen to the boys and instead walked them out of the palace. The boys became enraged and started threatening him. The Ikosi boys came to the palace and ordered the boys to leave the area immediately.

The boys in anger went to the transformer that supplies electricity to the community and shot at it, which led to a temporary blackout. The boys reportedly entered into the neighbourhood and started  shooting. Power was later restored.

On Wednesday morning, the Ikosi boys decided to retaliate. They came out with bottles, cutlasses and sticks. The market boys on the other hand came out with guns.

The market boys also attacked some people sleeping outside. They also attacked commuters at the BRT bus stop and robbed people who went out early in the morning.”

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The situation had been brought under control, but people still expressed fear that the fight might resume if security was relaxed.

Muyiwa Adejobi, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, in a statement, said 15 suspected cultists were arrested in connection with the clash, which he said involved members of the Eiye, Aiye and Buccaneer cults.

Adejobi said, “The Lagos State Police Command has restored normalcy in the Ikosi/Ketu area after a clash that occurred on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, around 6am among some suspected cults, Eiye, Aiye and Buccaneer, as 15 suspects were arrested. Two locally-made pistols, some live cartridges and assorted charms were recovered from the suspects.

“The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, who deployed policemen, including men of the Rapid Response Squad and task force to quench the crisis and restore normalcy in the area, has ordered that the suspects be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba for discreet Investigation.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the crisis was connected to the revenue generation at the Ketu Fruit Market and efforts are in top gear to apprehend other fleeing members of the gangs that orchestrated the crisis in the area.”

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