The popular Alaba International Market, Ojo, Lagos, may have its peaceful rhythm punctured if the crisis brewing at its Fancy and Furniture Section is not quickly and amicably checked.
The leadership of the Care Taker Committee of the Fancy and Furniture Market Association, headed by Chief Maduka Arubaraezeama, has alerted the public to the activities of some people he described as agents of darkness who he said are bent on destabilising the peace of the market.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday June 22, Maduka restated his resolve not allow this to happen, even as he called on well-meaning Nigerians to intervene in the market crisis before the matter got out of hand.
He accused some self-styled ‘godfathers’ of using the machinery of the state such as the police and the State Security Service (SSS) to allegedly intimidate and terrorise traders.
He said that the recent decision by these ‘godfathers’ to traverse the length and breadth of the market, sealing off and closing up the traders’ shops was a recipe for confusion and anarchy and should be stopped as the actions were unauthorised by the Care Taker Committee.