5 Killed, as Yorubas and Hausas fight in Mile 12, Lagos (Graphic Photos)

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At least five persons were killed today in an apparent ethnic tussle at the popular Mile 12 Market in Lagos.

The clash, which grounded business activities and hampered traffic flow for over three hours reportedly started on Wednesday night.

Several persons including police officers were also injured, just as buildings were razed.

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Trouble started on Thursday morning after members of the Hausa community in the market stormed the Agiliti area to avenge the death of a motorcyclist.

A Yoruba man assaulted the unnamed motorcyclist with a cutlass and he died on Thursday morning.

The deceased Hausa man reportedly had an altercation with hoodlums and as he tried to drive off, he unknowingly hit the woman.

And following his refusal to part with ‘ticket money’, he was allegedly beaten up by the hoodlums who saw the accident as an opportunity to strike.

This attracted the fury of his colleagues and kinsmen who engaged the hoodlums in a free for all.

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But the news of his death on Thursday morning allegedly reignited the fight with some mercenaries imported through the PSP truck.

Vehicles were vandalised, shops looted as people rushed into moving vehicles just to leave the scene of the crisis.

Firemen trying to put off an inferno were stopped by the hoodlums.

Military officials are currently in the area to restore peace.

Update:

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State , Thursday, ordered the temporary closure of the Mile 12 Market, following a dispute which erupted within the communities in Ketu-Mile 12 area of the state.

The Governor also announced the restriction of movement on four streets in the area including Oniyanri Street, Maidan Street, Agiliti 1 and Agiliti 2 streets.

Addressing Government House Correspondents at the Lagos House, Alausa, Governor Ambode said the decision to shut the market and restrict movement on the streets was to aid security agencies restore calm in the area. “In order to further restore calm,

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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,” he said.

The Governor said the police and security operatives have been deployed to the area to quell the dispute, assuring residents that peace will be restored in the area.

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