Yoruba/Hausa Trader Clash : Scores Injured In Ilepo Market

A large number of people have been feared injured following a clash between Yoruba and Hausa traders in Ilepo Oko Odo market in Abule-Egba area of Lagos.
The cause of the feud between the two tribal group was said to have ensued over refusal of the hausa traders to pay the market dues. The crisis had caused traffic gridlock at Iyana Ipaja Abule Egba road and other link roads to the market. Vehicles heading to Lagos from Sango in Ogun state and those moving to Abule-Egba from Oshodi and other parts of the state were trapped.
It was reported that trouble started on Saturday night when traders at the food market clashed over market due. The situation escalated on Sunday morning when aggrieved traders started burning wares and make-shift tents.
The timely intervention of security operatives had helped to restore normalcy in the market. Bala Elkana, police public relations officer in Lagos, said that the situation had been brought under control.
He stated, “It started as a fight between Hausa scavengers and some cultists known as Awawa boys that almost snowballed into ethnic crisis. Our timely intervention brought the situation under control and stopped the crisis from escalating. Normalcy has since been restored. Patrols are ongoing in the affected areas. No casualty figure available yet. We are investigating the cause of the fight.” he said.