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Lagos shuts down electronic market over planned Biafra protest

04 January 2016, 13:15Lekan Oladeinde

Lagos - The Lagos State government on Sunday sealed the main electrical and electronic market in Oshodi.

Officials of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit on Sunday morning stormed the market to shut it.

It was gathered that as early as 06:00, hundreds of armed police officers stormed the market and shut it down.

Several police vans were stationed around the market to scare away traders.

Most of the traders had gone to the East to celebrate the Christmas and New Year festivals.

The market was shut following information that traders in the market had decided to stage a protest in support of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who is being detained by the Department of State Security Services (DSS).

Before the closure, it was gathered traders were planning to organise a rally to protest the continued detention of Kanu.

Also read: Pro Biafra protesters storm Lagos

Similar protests were organised by traders at the popular Alaba International Market before the Christmas holiday.

An official of the task force who pleaded anonymity, however, said they were at the market to seal it due to the traders nonchalant attitude to environmental sanitation.

He noted that the traders have taken government’s threat lightly and did nothing to remedy the situation.

Most of the traders, however, disagreed with the government position.

They noted that they have always abide with environmental laws.

They wondered why government had to shut the market when most of the traders had gone to the East to celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays.

- News 24


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