Governor Akinwunmi Ambode
Violent clashes resulting from disagreement between Yoruba and Hausa in the Mile 12, Ketu, Lagos State has led to the death of 10 persons on Thursday.
The clashes left about 90 people injured while two churches and houses were set ablaze. Many vehicles were also burnt and residents rendered homeless in Maidan area.
The governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode, immediately ordered the closure of the Mile 12 Market to restore peace.
He also ordered the restriction of movement on four streets in the area.They are Oniyanri Street, Maidan Street, Agiliti 1 and Agiliti 2 streets.
Akinbode said, “In order to further restore calm, I have ordered that Mile 12 Market be temporarily closed and urged traders, community leaders and other stakeholders to eschew violence; be calm and law abiding.
“Furthermore, I have also ordered a temporary restriction of movement in the following streets; Oniyanri Street, Maidan Street, Agiliti 1 and Agiliti 2.”
“Today, I have just been informed that some miscreants and criminal elements have exploited that dispute to cause a breakdown of law and order within the area. These types of clashes do occur from time to time in a multi-ethnic city like Lagos and the government has responded appropriately.
“The public is hereby assured that we will not shy away from our responsibilities to protect lives and property and we will deal decisively with those criminal elements who fan the embers of ethnic strive.”
“Let me assure Lagosians that the state is home to every tribe and ethnic group and nobody should give this disturbance any ethnic coloration whatsoever. Every law abiding citizens should go about their normal businesses,” he said.