One Dead, Traders Harassed as Ketu Market is Demolished

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SWITZERLAND, NOVEMBER 08 – Armed soldiers on Friday morning invaded the Jakande market in Ketu, Lagos State, chasing away traders. According to media sources, Lagos state government began demolition of the multimillion Ketu – Ikosi Fruit Market in Lagos Friday morning.

One person was allegedly killed in the violence that ensued as touts, in retaliation, took to the streets, destroying property. The death is yet to be confirmed.

According to Premium Times, a person hit on the face by a stray bullet was rushed to the hospital.

The thugs also went to the police station in the area, destroying cars packed there. They also vandalised BRT buses in the area.

Many traders were seen taking refuse at a filling station close to the market.

A police team at the scene later shot sporadically into the air to disperse the thugs.

Hundreds of wailing market women claimed that they were not informed about the exercise.

The traders were not allowed to pack their goods as the bulldozers commenced the demolition of the market.

The state government and the market development contractor had Thursday informed the traders that the exercise would begin today.

According to Mr. Chris Onyekachi, chairman of the market development contractor, Total Value Integrated Construction Services, negotiations with the market leaders and the government had been on since last year.

He said that the two traditional rulers in the area, the Alaketu of Ketu and the Onikosi of Ikosi, were aware of the market development plans.

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