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Mile 12 Aftermath: 10 Dead, 105 Suspects Arrested, Ambode Assures Lagos “is home to every tribe”

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Suspects Ordered to Lie Down by Rapid Response Squad

Suspects Ordered to Lie Down by Rapid Response Squad

Yesterday saw the apex of an inter-ethnic clash between Hausas and Yorubas in the Mile 12, Ketu area of Lagos. Unfortunately, at least 10 lives were lost, 40 houses burned to the ground, many cars and property razed and vandalized and many people still missing, including a 19 month old baby.

The conflict was said to have started on Wednesday. An okada (commercial motorcycle) operator injured a woman at Mile 12 market. The okada man refused to take the woman to hospital, resulting in her death. That night a series of clashes occurred between Hausa and Yoruba residents of the area. Mile 12 Ketu Clash

Yesterday Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State responded immediately, assuring Lagosians that the state is for all ethnic groups, while imposing closure of the popular Mile 12 market and some streets in the area to ensure people’s safety.

Akinwunmi Ambode Addressing Press at State House, Alausa

Akinwunmi Ambode Addressing Press at State House, Alausa

He said,

“Let me assure Lagosians that the state is home to every tribe and ethnic group and nobody should give this disturbance any ethnic coloration whatsoever. Every law abiding citizens should go about their normal businesses.”

“In order to further restore calm, I have ordered that Mile 12 Market be temporarily closed and urged traders, community leaders and other stakeholders to eschew violence; be calm and law abiding.

“Furthermore, I have also ordered a temporary restriction of movement in the following streets; Oniyanri Street, Maidan Street, Agiliti 1 and Agiliti 2,” he said.

The Governor said the police and security operatives have been deployed to the area to quell the dispute, assuring residents that peace will be restored in the area.

“I have just been informed that some miscreants and criminal elements have exploited that dispute to cause a breakdown of law and order within the area. These types of clashes do occur from time to time in a multi-ethnic city like Lagos and the government has responded appropriately.

“The public is hereby assured that we will not shy away from our responsibilities to protect lives and property and we will deal decisively with those criminal elements who fan the embers of ethnic strive”.

You can read his statement in full on his website.

The aftermath is the area’s residents are pleading with the police to provide adequate security to find and bury their dead. In addition, at least 105 suspects have been arrested, and the Mile 12 market operators are pleading with the government to re-open the market.

The Mile 12 Perishable Traders Association today appealed to the Lagos State Government to reopen the market, so they can continue to make a living.

A resident of Agiliti Street in Mile 12, near Lagos, Danjuma Jubril, on Friday pleaded with the police authorities to provide adequate security for the burial of people killed in the bloody clash in the area on Thursday.

Jubril told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the tense security in the area was not conducive for proper interment of the dead.

”Some of the corpses are inside Agiliti River. We cannot bury or retrieve the bodies in the river because of the security situation. The burial ground we use is at Agiliti. We have sent message to the DPO in charge of this area that we need police escort to bury them.”

Jubril, who said he was born at Mile 12 more than 30 years ago, blamed the deadly clash on hoodlums extorting money from commercial motorcyclists and trucks carrying food items.

He advised that armed security men should be stationed permanently in the area in view of the incessant clashes.

”Security agents did not respond quickly when we called them. If they had responded immediately, the crisis would have been contained in time,” Jubril said.

NAN reports that a detachment of armed policemen, soldiers and civil defence corps had been patrolling the areas, where ethnic Yoruba and Hausa-Fulani people engaged in hand-to-hand clashes resulting to many deaths.

Photo Source: Rapid Response Squad – a Lagos State Police Division | Akinwunmi Ambode Official Website

35 Comments

  1. Korex

    March 4, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Lagos is for everybody.
    That is a welcome development.
    Thumbs up to Ambode.

    • Bola

      March 4, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      Clearly some people here have a big chip on their shoulders and it seems election loses are still giving you heartache lmao . Pathetic people

    • nene+

      March 4, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Bola leave trash for Lawma. Damilola says worse.
      The killings should stop!!!
      Igbos and Hausa are not competing for death in the hands of these filthy vampires.
      Some of us are not a fan of the election winner doesn’t mean we should be silent when his people keep kill.
      Its people like you who pretend and accept hook line and sinker with what ever your man does.
      Leave the trash my friend. Lets rebuke the blood drinkers.

      Thou shall not kill that is what my religion tells me.

    • Damilola

      March 4, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      Bella naija, please post my first comment. Is it bcos I said things about northerners. If you can post all of Bruno’s comment, why not this one. This Hausas need to hear the truth about themselves.

  2. ha ha ha

    March 4, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Ha ha ha, laugh wan kill me oo, how come? The same people who treked to Lagos to thank Yorubas fighting them ? Ha ha ha ha, there’s God ooo.The chanji is there. When the power is in the hands of Aboki/Malam they will tell you the whole country belongs to them. Meanwhile all there’s agboro lagos taunts get job and stop disturbing hustlers ,.igbo traders has suffered in you ppls hand.

    • Damilola

      March 4, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      All of a sudden, Igbo people have a voice. When fulanis, northerners are killing you guys, discriminating against you. Where were these people that are talking now? Oh, hiding. When people like Danjuma, other northerners speak boldly against Biafra, insult you guys. What do you guys say? Nothing. But have mouth to blame Yorubas for no reason. Ms Onyeka spoke up about tribalism that she experienced from northerners, all of you guys were attacking her. Let it be about Yorubas, you will start barking with empty words. Bunch of cowards.
      The difference is, if Hausas/northerners boldly attack, discriminate against Yorubas, they will be dealt with. Yorubas don’t bark, silently take action.

    • Chim Banjo

      March 4, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      @ Damilola I beg to differ Yorubas are far from acting in silence, they bark a lot with backstabbing bites.

    • Heythere

      March 4, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      Well it looks like that silence has allowed a full blown tribal war to take place. All that remains is the action lol.

    • Damilola

      March 4, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      Yorubas are far from acting in silence? Broaden your horizon, don’t just think of those street area Yoruba boys who just bark to intimidate you when fighting. It’s beyond that.
      Yorubas play their game well, that’s what it really is. Real People that are in control of things act that way. You don’t see Tinubu, Obasanjo, etc barking. They take action silently. You see how white people are able to be in so much control, they play their game well. It’s not backbiting, others feel that way bcos they don’t know understand how the game is played.

    • dat yoruba boy

      March 7, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Truth be told yourba are noise makers who uses noise to overshadowed there fear always quick to react rather Dan exercise Patience, Unlike d Igbo not every idiot who speaks u listen nd respond just as we didn’t disturbed ourselves when ur drunk oba said what he said during d elections. Nigerian economic and growth has been in existence becos of d igbo

    • omoba

      March 5, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      election malaria is caught up with you guy after u lost if not you would not have said all this rubbish mr ha ha ha

  3. bruno

    March 4, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I thought hausa and yoruba loved each other and it was igbo they both hated?

    • Noname

      March 4, 2016 at 6:05 pm

      Na so. Wen the peaceful Igbo people no gree join hand the Yorubas and Hausas turned on each other. Keep on minding your business Igbos. Make una do your thing and stay out of wahala.

    • Damilola

      March 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      I’m laughing at Bruno, and many others why are People’s fingers so itchy like they have craw craw, just to like anything against Yorubas. Even when the comment is stupid and senseless. And then some Yorubas agree too to show they are not tribalist. So, few Hausas and Yorubas fighting in the market about an incident that’s actually more of doing the right thing means the two tribes hate each other.
      So when Igbo traders fight each other, quarrel in onitsha market which happens all the time means all the Igbos hate each other abi. Igbos need to look at themselves first bcos Igbos fight one another like cats and dogs in the East. IMO against Anambra, Abia etc

      People can continue to hate on Yorubas all they want, Yoruba people will continue to win. If not for Obasanjo, Pushing Jonathan, Nigeria will not have an Ijaw president. Ngozi iweala and saludo won’t be where they are now. Or is it, Tinubu forcing Buhari on nigerians for a second time presidency. Or is it all the Yoruba men that are marrying Igbo ladies, Edo, etc women all over the place. Then you will say Yoruba demon but still can’t do without Yorubas.
      The more you hate on a group for no reason, the more power you give them.

  4. John

    March 4, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    This love between our people Yoruba and Hausa will lead to divorce.

    Islam is a pissful religion

  5. combust

    March 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Naturally we won’t see comments on this post as na Yoruba Hausa clash. I hope they’ll tell the hausas to go jump in the lagoon. Ambode well done useless governor, that’s who lagosians deserve. #Agbaje be sipping your warm akamu with Emeka joor!

  6. APC FAN

    March 4, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Islamabad…..they gat no friend.

  7. APC FAN

    March 4, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Where is Damilola?

  8. nene+

    March 4, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Gwoza
    Bama
    Dalori
    Kano
    Barikin Ladi
    Agatu
    Enugu Farm
    Mile 12
    why always blood spill??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    • DIddy

      March 4, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      It’s simple and the answer is cos their cattle rearer brother is in power

  9. Reverse

    March 4, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    If Igbos had anything to do with this, this post would have over 100 comments. Where’s Kadara? Cat got your tongue???

  10. nnenne

    March 4, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Each day that passes by, events in Nigeria continue to make Nnamdi Kanu a hero.
    Only time will tell who is right or wrong.
    Nami Kanu and IPOB or Nigeria.

    • ElessarisElendil

      March 5, 2016 at 1:21 am

      Hero???

      You keep using that word but I don’t think you know what it means.

    • Felix okafor

      March 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      Uncle please Tell us

    • Anonymous.

      March 9, 2016 at 9:38 am

      That is the problem with igbos.you always bite finger that feed you.you guys are always seeing Yorubas as the enemy.what you fail to understand is that you can’t do without the westerners.

  11. ElessarisElendil

    March 5, 2016 at 1:21 am

    I don’t understand Nigerians making snarky comments about this situation, its one that should scare everybody. When the chaos begins you think the criminals the state keep in check will care about your tribe, it will be everybody for themselves.

  12. Ebere

    March 5, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Dear Bruno, I just fell in love with your comments again. Please write more of this kind of reasonable comments and not unnecessary controversial comment that your enjoy…….Thumbs up…..

  13. Ebere

    March 5, 2016 at 11:10 am

    I blame Lord Luggard for bringing three totally different Ethnic groups together without knowing what the consequence would be…….We are brothers and our strength is in our diversity people. Better still, let the country be divided into three parts (Hausa nation, Igbo nation and Yoruba nation). PEACE MIGHT REIGN!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Onitsha

    March 5, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    @damilola,Yorubas marrying igbos? You are a dreamer.Your hatred towards igbos is absolutely ridiculous.Are you saying that Yorubas don’t fight among each other? I pity your ignorance and despised your hatred towards igbos.What’s happening now is the fight between the massa and his slaves,so deal with it and hit your head on the koloootar ( my grandma voice)Meanwhile before I forget Goodmorning……( ojukwu’s voice)

    • Damilola

      March 6, 2016 at 1:57 am

      Your anger is sipping out through your comment. If anything, you will be the one to hit your head on the wall. Well, you should go see your eye doctor bcos there’s been a lot of Yoruba men, Igbo brides on the wedding section on here let alone ones outside of the blog. Stop deceiving yourself. Everybody knows this, the fight among Igbos is not like Yorubas. You guys fight, kill one another over land. Accept the truth, shame the devil.

  15. Onitsha

    March 6, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Abeg!!! don’t kill yourself because your hatred towards igbos is alarming.I have noticed your comments towards igbos in this blog.Shame on you,your massa is killing you in your land.Yorubas don’t kill themselves over land,Yorubas don’t do rituals,Yorubas are holy people.I’m not ignorant like you,keep disgracing yourself with your ignorance.Why are you shouting let’s divide Nigeria as heard in one of the videos I saw yesterday.Are you tired of being slaves to Hausa people?? This is just the beginning.As for igbos marrying Yorubas,I’m cool with that we are not tribalistic as you are.

  16. steve

    March 6, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    keep quiet and stop insulting Yoruba. no Yoruba, no Nigeria

  17. Edwin

    March 7, 2016 at 3:08 am

    If you can’t solve the problem, keep quite and think of something better rather than fighting here. “A while back, Donald Trump was quoted to have made some disparaging remarks on blacks and Africans. Most of us condemned him because he was wrong. Now, Check out this statement made by a Jewish American leader and you will see the difference.

    JEWISH LEADER: The only aspect blacks understand is consumption. Blacks don’t understand the importance of building wealth. The fundamental rule is to keep your money within your racial group. We build Jewish business, hire Jewish, buy Jewish and spend Jewish. There is nothing wrong with that but it is a basic rule blacks cannot comprehend and follow; “He kills his fellow blacks daily instead of wanting to see his fellow black do well” 93% of blacks killed in America are by other blacks. Their leaders steal from their people and send the money back to their colonial master from whom they borrow the same money from. Every successful black wants to spend his money in the country of his colonial masters. They go on holiday abroad, buy houses abroad, school abroad etc instead of spending this money in their own country to benefit their people. Statistics show that the Jew’s money exchanges hands 18 times before leaving his community while for blacks it is probably a maximum of once or even zero. Only 6% of black money goes back into their community. This is why Jews are at the top and blacks are at the bottom of every ladder of society. Instead of buying Louis Vuitton, Hermes, expensive cars, shoes, houses, dresses etc, blacks could industrialize Africa, build banks and get rid of colonial institutions by putting them out of business.
    What do you think?”
    Appeal: I just desire that Africans get ‘angry’ at ourselves and then do something, not just talk and kill each other! Please, share.

    • Shomowale

      March 21, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      WE UNDERESTIMATE HOW CENTURIES AND MILLENNIUMS OF SLAVERY COULD HAVE AFFECTED US…..I DONT THINK AFRICANS ARE READY TO REALLY SEE WHAT IS BURRIED IN OUR SUBCONCIOUS….but could probably go along way to desCRIbe why we is the way we is….

      I LOVE MANDELA WITH ALL MY HEART BUT THE ONE THING I STAND TO PRETOEST AGAINST HIS PHILLOSOPHIES…..is this forgive and turn the ova cheek.

      The blood stain of school children murdered in cold BANTU blood in Sudan ethnic cleansing genocide has not even washed away from streets. And we as AFRICAN continent already have forgiven and forgotten…..we are scared to fight and we are scared to die…..and apparently we are also scared to live amongst each ova! So the question begs: a What are we trully living for as Africans ?!

    • life

      April 16, 2016 at 2:17 am

      who performed the ethnic cleansing ?, wasnt done by the africans ?

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