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19 arrested over Lagos market crisis

26 June 2013, 09:07

Lagos -  The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, on Tuesday said that 19 suspected hoodlums were arrested for allegedly causing crisis at Ketu and Ikosi markets in Lagos.

Manko made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He said that the suspects were fighting over the sharing of money collected at the two markets, explaining that trouble broke out when a group demanded the lion's share of the money collected.

“They were disrupting commercial activities in the area, forcing shops and traders to shut down their businesses. Dangerous weapons were freely used by the hoodlums.

“So far 19 of the hoodlums have been arrested.

“We have concluded investigation and they will be charge to court. Normalcy has returned to the markets and the area. We have posted some of our men to the markets.

“I have directed the deputy commissioner of police (Operations) to meet with the Ketu Divisional Police Officer and market leaders with a view to stopping the crisis,’’ Manko stated.

A NAN correspondent who visited the markets observed that commercial activities have since resumed.

 - NAN


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