At least five persons were killed today in an apparent ethnic tussle at the popular Mile 12 Market in Lagos.
The clash, which grounded business activities and hampered traffic flow for over three hours reportedly started on Wednesday night.
Several persons including police officers were also injured, just as buildings were razed.
Trouble started on Thursday morning after members of the Hausa community in the market stormed the Agiliti area to avenge the death of a motorcyclist.
A Yoruba man assaulted the unnamed motorcyclist with a cutlass and he died on Thursday morning.
The deceased Hausa man reportedly had an altercation with hoodlums and as he tried to drive off, he unknowingly hit the woman.
And following his refusal to part with ‘ticket money’, he was allegedly beaten up by the hoodlums who saw the accident as an opportunity to strike.
This attracted the fury of his colleagues and kinsmen who engaged the hoodlums in a free for all.
But the news of his death on Thursday morning allegedly reignited the fight with some mercenaries imported through the PSP truck.
Vehicles were vandalised, shops looted as people rushed into moving vehicles just to leave the scene of the crisis.
Firemen trying to put off an inferno were stopped by the hoodlums.
Military officials are currently in the area to restore peace.