Mile 12 Market in Lagos Shutdown Amid Mass Riots

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By Olutayo Irantiola

The Mile 12 Market in Lagos has been shut down by the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.

This came on the heels of a fracas that broke out in the area earlier today. After a road accident where a man was injured while riding a motorcycle in the wrong lane, riots broke out that spread throughout the market and neighboring boroughs.

People have lost their lives and valuables worth millions of naira have already been destroyed at the time of filing of this report.

Tanks were brought in Photo/The Cable NG

The market is renowned for its large supply of staple foods to Lagos and her environs. Normalcy is gradually returning to the area. Although, social media is in a frenzy over the identity of the motorcycle man being Hausa and possible conspiracy theories about ethnic tensions that added to the propensity for riots. Governor Ambode responded on Twitter after the turmoil: “I assure Lagosians that Lagos is home to every ethic group. Nobody should give this disturbance any ethnic coloration whatsoever.”

Tomato Sellers Market 12