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Tension in Mile 12, residents flee

More tension is brewing in Mile 12 area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, following Thursday’s deadly clashes between Yoruba and Hausa in the bustling produce market.

Some residents are said to be fleeing the affected areas.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had shut the market Thursday to restore peace, but P.M.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 told P.M.NEWS that fighting still continued Friday, saying that some of the Hausa youths crossed the river on a canoe and launched an attack on sleeping residents in the early hours of Friday.

The resident, who craved anonymity, said he had fled the area because of the crisis and that 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 told P.M.NEWS that the Hausas crossed the Agiliti river with a canoe and attacked people in an estate at Isheri North last night.

This was said to have heightened tension in the area as people could no longer sleep safely.

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.

Lagos State Police Command 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 were involved in a bloody confrontation that left over about five people dead, several houses and cars burnt.

As a result of the crisis, Governor Ambode imposed a curfew on four streets in the area and shut the Mile 12 Market to prevent escalation of the crisis.

According to Ambode, “in order to further restore calm in the community, I have ordered that the Mile 12 market be temporarily shut and urge traders and other stakeholders to eschew violence and be law abiding. Furthermore, I have ordered temporary restriction of movement in four streets – Oniyanrin, Maidan, Agiliti 1 and 11 streets.”

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