Govt, Leaders Agree On Relocation Of Mile 12 Market

Leaders of communities affected during the Mile 12 -Agiliti crisis yesterday agreed with the Lagos State Government on the relocation of Mile 12 market from Kosofe local government area.

It was gathered that the foundation for the clash at Mile 12 was after a Hausa commercial bike rider knocked down a woman. The bike rider was told to take the woman to the hospital, but the rider and his colleagues refused.

They insisted that the motorbike association, which collects tolls from them, should take care of the woman. There was heated argument, which led to a fight.

The fighting continued for two days when some thugs, believed to be of Yoruba origin, invaded the market and started attacking the Hausas. They burnt seven cars and killed three Hausa traders.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni; the Commander of the Rapid Response Squad, Olatunji Disu; the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operation, Lagos State Police Command; and teams of policemen were called to the scene to diffuse the situation.

Alhaji Shehu Usman, Financial Secretary of Mile 12 Market, made the relocation known at a news conference by the leader of the market, Maidan and Agiliti communities at Alausa, Ikeja.

Usman said they had resolved to work with the government on the relocation.

He noted that the market had grown bigger than its present location and social infrastructure.

“It has become necessary for its relocation to another suitable and more convenient location within the state, “ he said.

According to Usman, the relocation will help increase economic growth and development, provide better infrastructure and reduce traffic congestion.

He said stakeholders agreed with the government on the ban of motorcycles as means of transportation in the area, removal of shanties and blighted areas, among others.

According to Usman, the motorcyclists were responsible for the breakdown of law and order that caused the crisis.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, said government’s decision on the relocation and other matters arising would be made known in due course.[Read More…]

Source: The Nation

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