Over a hundred people were arrested in Lagos yesterday following the bloody riot at the city’s biggest food market – Mile 12 left at least 3 people dead.
Lagos state police spokesperson, Dolapo Badmus told newsmen, “The police have arrested 105 suspects in connection with the disturbances in and around ‘Mile 12’ market”.
“Three people died in the fracas. The suspects will be charged shortly with murder, arson and breach of public peace,” she added.
The state government has also promised to find a harmonious and effective solution to the crisis which erupted in the market, Agiliti community, Maidan and its environs.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, in a meeting with community leaders in the problem area said that all the leaders agreed on the need to cohabit in peace irrespective of their religion, culture or tribes.
He urged the leaders to go back and assure their people to maintain the peace, stating that the State Government would consider the inputs of all those present in arriving at a decision.
The SSG who said the issue of disagreement is not new in the area said what is uppermost is that everybody should see the next person as his brother, hence everyone at the meeting must leave with an open mind of cohabiting peacefully with their neighbors and avoid bloodletting.
He reiterated the directive of the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode that the market remains closed and all trading activities be suspended to aid security agencies restore calm to the affected areas.
He gave an assurance to the market leaders from Mile 12 that the State Government is studying the situation and would address all the issues that have arisen decisively with a view to ensuring that it does not recur again.
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