Ladipo traders disagree with police on casualty figure, blacklist military men

Traders at the popular Ladipo auto spare parts market in Lagos State have disagreed with the police in the state on the casualty figure in the Tuesday shooting incident at the market by men of the Nigerian Air Force.

This is just as the traders have threatened to blacklist military personnel from buying spare parts at the market following constant clashes.

The state police commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, while speaking with journalists on the incident said that “nobody died in the incident and the three injured persons are recuperating in the hospital.”

However, the traders insisted that one person died and four others were injured in the Tuesday shooting, which causes serious pandemonium at the market.

The Lagos CP told journalists that the police in the state were working with the Nigerian Air Force to arrest the erring air force personnel. 

Chairman of the Aguiyi Ironsi International Market, Ladipo where the clash occured, Chief Emmanuel Mbamara described the claim by the police that nobody died as “unfortunate” 

The traders’ leader said that a 28-year-old trader, Felix Onu, was shot dead while four others: Chidinma Ifeanyi, Makeup Ekwuna, Ifeanyi Enyi and Chikezie Nlewem were injured and rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

He also denied the reports that the crisis started when some task force members at the market were trying to collect parking fees from an air force officer.

He said that the air force officer had returned a kick-starter which he bought about eight months ago and complained that it was not good again.

The market leader said, “With the president general, we were able to calm the traders down with the assistance of the DPO Isolo.

“It is too becoming of the military to come into the market to threaten us after buying goods and finding out that what they bought was not functioning well. We only give a week warranty for things bought in this market.”

The president-general of the market, Mr Jude Nwankwo, also condemn what he described as the unfortunate attitude of military personnel at the market.

The market leader said, “This is the time we are going to stop selling goods to the military men and we have also shut down the market in honour of our brother who died and those sustained injuries.”

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