Igbo Traders Attacked in Lagos

However, on the Lagos Island, social miscreants otherwise called area boys , attacked some Igbo traders over accusation that they did not vote for President Buhari in Saturday’s election.

The miscreants, who were armed with dangerous weapons such as  cutlasses, broken bottles, woods and knives, struck at about 9.am at five streets:  Oluwole, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Tinubu, Bamgbose and Alli streets, taking  the traders unawares.

They ordered that shops belonging to the Igbos should remain locked, threatening to kill anyone who violated their order. When news of the attack filtered round other markets in the state  dominated by the Igbos, most of them  hurriedly locked up for fear of being entangle in any likely spread of the attack.

When Vanguard visited both areas, policemen attached to the Rapid Response  Squad with others from Area ‘E’ as well as  the Military, were sighted on foot and vehicular patrol. But most of the shops still remained locked.

Igbo in Okota send SOS In Ago, Okota area of  Lagos State where the threat of attack on the Igbos began, non indigenes, particularly Igbos, have called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to  beef up security in the area, with a view to protecting their lives  and property following heightened fear of possible attack from hoodlums.

A resident, Mr. Silvester Okoro, who stated that  Igbo residents in the area were still apprehensive despite police presence, urged security agents to conduct a 24-hour surveillance in the area. He said, “ People are still  apprehensive, especially as the governorship election is fast approaching.

Some say they will not go out to vote for fear of reprisal attack. We therefore, call on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to come to our rescue now before the worst happens.” Another resident, Mrs. Angela Johnson, who stressed the need for more presence of police to fortify the area, said: “ We are using this opportunity to call on the police and other security agencies to fortify the area. This is the only way people can be reassured to come out and exercise their civic right”

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