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Lagos police arrests 50 suspects for setting ablaze Ile-Epo market

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

As part of measures to restore peace in Ile-Epo market after being set ablaze during clashes between traders and hoodlums, the Lagos Police Command has arrested no fewer than 50 suspects linked to the face-off.

After their arrest, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, CP Adegoke Fayoade, directed the prompt prosecution of the suspected hoodlums.

Fayoade, meanwhile, warned other hoodlums considering the act that the Command would decisively deal with anyone found breaching the peace, in accordance with the law.

Aside from that, the police has pulled down their shanties used by the suspects, to ensure those that escaped during the raid do not have access to remain within the axis.

The Command spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed this through a statement released on Thursday and made available to newsmen.

According to the statement, Following reports of clashes among some youths and hoodlums in the Ile-Epo area of Lagos State, the DPO Oke-Odo swiftly led his men to the scene, and have since restored normalcy.

“Over fifty suspects have so far been arrested while the shanties they occupied have been destroyed, effectively dislodging them.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Adegoke Fayoade, has directed the prompt prosecution of the arrested hoodlums and has equally warned that the Command would decisively deal with anyone found breaching the peace, in accordance with the law.

“Meanwhile, the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations), Area Commander Alagbado and other Divisional Police Officers under the Area Command are currently on ground to forestall further breakdown of law and order”.

Earlier, a section of the market was set ablaze by the hoodlums during clash with traders in the market over bet money.

Eyewitnesses narrated that the crisis started yesterday evening and escalated to Thursday, preventing commercial activities within the market.

“One of the traders in the market played lotto (bet Naija) and won N13,000 but was given N11,000 and because of the N2,000 balance which the he was not given fight started.

“The hoodlums from the nearby market used the opportunity to start looting and burning property in the market. They looted a lot of shops, carted away food items and valuables.

“As I am speaking to you, we cannot enter the market, but police are currently there trying to calm the situation, I can hear sounds of tear gas. We have lost millions of naira in the market,” a trader, Aminu Muhammad Sa’id, narrated.

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