Several killed in soldiers-touts clash at Ladipo market
Written by MaryGift Sunday on July 14, 2021
A Clash on Tuesday between soldiers and ticket touts at the popular Ladipo auto spare parts market in Lagos has left a number of persons dead.
But the casualty figure is uncertain.
While some said three persons were killed by the soldiers, others put the figure at five.
A trader said, “Some soldiers came here and started shooting directly at us. They aimed at us, one of them even positioned well to get a good view of the target before shooting.”
Many were reported injured.
Newsmen gathered that a fight ensued between soldiers of Operation MESA and suspected area boys said to be in charge of ticketing which led to the soldiers shooting.
Another account said personnel of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) opened fire on traders following a disagreement over an article bought from a trader.
A fight ensued and the military man called for backup from his colleagues.
A mechanic said a military patrol vehicle was vandalized and set ablaze by a mob.
Another eyewitness told newsmen that a young boy was among those killed while four others sustained gunshot injuries and were rushed to hospital.
A man, who gave his name like Paul, said they scampered for safety when they started hearing gunshots.
“We were here at our shops when soldiers came and started shooting. We all ran for our lives but some of our brothers were killed, others got injured.
“What we heard was that one of the soldiers had tried to return an item he got from a shop and that was what led to the scuffle,” he said.
Another trader, Emeka who claimed his brother was among those killed, decried the unfair treatment meted to them by the operatives.
“My brother has been killed. The operatives intentionally shot at us instead of shooting towards the sky. I even saw one of the operatives who positioned himself in order to get a good view of his target before shooting.
“A young boy was also among those killed,” he lamented and declined further comments.