Fighting persists in Mile 12

Fighting persists in Mile 12

Friday, March 4, 2016 6:50 pm

Kazeem Ugbodaga

Deserted street in Mile 12 area. Channels TV Photo

Deserted street in Mile 12 area. Channels TV Photo

It was not yet peace at Mile 12 area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria today, as fighting continued in some parts, with some residents said fleeing despite police presence.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had shut the Mile 12 Market and imposed curfew on four streets in the area yesterday to forestall peace, but PM News gathered that fresh fighting broke out this morning as the Hausa community mobilized to launch a fresh attack on the Yoruba community.

A resident of the area who fled because of the crisis said that fighting still continued today, saying that some of the Hausa rioters crossed the river with a canoe and launched an attack on sleeping residents at the early hours of today.

The resident, who craved anonymity said he had fled the area because of the crisis and that some others were also fleeing to avoid being caught in the crisis.

“We gathered that some of the Hausas used canoe to cross the river and burnt some houses and people are fleeing,” our source said.

A police source also confirmed that some Hausas crossed the Agiliti river with a canoe and attacked people in an estate at Isheri North last night.

This exacerbated relations between the feuding ethnic groups.

A top police officer, who craved anonymity confirmed that there was renewed fighting around 11 a.m today and that the police were able to quell the crisis and that things had returned to normal.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Dolapo Badmus denied that there was renewed fighting in the area.She said the police and soldiers were fully on ground to ensure peace in the area and bring to book anyone caught fomenting trouble.

On Thursday, the Hausa and Yoruba communities in Mile 12 clashed in a bloody violence that left 10 people dead, several houses and cars burnt.

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