Hoodlums clash in Lagos, set market on fire

There is palpable tension in and around the Ile Ipo market in the Alimosho LGA of Lagos, following a clash that led to the torching of stalls and goods.


The crisis began on Wednesday night following a rift over a game of lotto.


It was learnt that a trader who is from the northern region of the country, played the popular game and won a certain amount of money.


However, when the trader walked to the lotto vendor to claim his money, there was a disagreement over the exact amount won.


The altercation between the trader and the lotto vendor was said to have snowballed into an ethnic squabble and a free-for-all fight which was seized by hoodlums.


Fire was set to a section of the market amid the faceoff, leaving traders and customers scampering for safety. Thereafter, shops were looted and burnt as tempers flared.


The fight continued on Thursday morning before police officers were mobilised to the scene.


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