Election: Hoodlums invade Lagos market, beat Igbo traders

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Hoodlums ostensibly political thugs belonging to the All Progressive Congress in Lagos on Monday invaded Oshodi Market, destroying goods and beating up traders of Igbo extraction.

A post-election violence, the attackers, according to report, first stormed the market about 5a.m during which they broke into shops and vandalized goods.

They made a return about 7a.m to perpetrate the vile act, beating up some of the traders who attempted to fend them off.

According to some of the traders, as the invaders were destroying their wares, they were screeching: “You people refused to vote for APC.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Chike Oti, however, played down the said attack in a statement he released.

The statement reads: “The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to the news making the rounds on the internet to the effect that a group of boys popularly called the ‘Area boys’ are attacking Igbo traders at Oshodi, preventing them from opening their shops. The command wishes to debunk the rumour in its entirety as nothing could be further from the truth.

“Although the command received distress calls from concerned Nigerians whose apprehensions were understandably heightened by disturbing rumours emanating from some social media platforms, the command swiftly and massively deployed its personnel drawn from various units to Oshodi and environs to assuage the feelings of residents and further assure Lagosians of its readiness to decisively deal with any person or group of persons who attempts to breach the public peace.”

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