Alaba market clash: Police confirm one dead as traders shut stores in protest

Traders, hoodlums clash in Alaba

Lagos State Police Command says it has arrested five persons allegedly involved in the clash between traders and some hoodlums over ticket collection at Alaba International Market in Ojo.

The Command’s spokesman, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday.

Hundeyin said that one dead body was recovered during the clash, stressing that the area was calm as more police operatives have been deployed to the place.

Alaba traders clashed with hoodlums on Wednesday over an illegal toll collection park inside the market.

At a press briefing on Thursday, Alaba International Amalgamated Traders Association Council of Sectional Heads said the market would be shut until their demands are met.

“We appeal to the executive governor of Lagos State His Excellency Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to intervene in this matter before it degenerates into a serious security issue.

“The Alaba international market traders association have decided to shut down the entire market till further notice to avoid further loss of lives and property, and will remain shut till these criminals are arrested and brought to justice; the removal of all kiosk/petty traders causing blockade along Alaba international market road; that all toll collection point will be at Volkswagen bus stop and chemists bus stop; and the reduction in outrageous fees collected from containers, trucks and other vehicles,” the council said.