The Lagos State House of Assembly has called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to relocate Mile 12 and Owode-Onirin Markets after feasibility studies and accompanying infrastructure must have been provided.

This call is coming barely one week after a clash between some Yoruba and Hausa boys in the market, which left several persons dead.

Speaking on the incident, the Assembly described it as unfortunate, adding that it could have been avoided.
The issue was brought under matter of urgent public importance by Jude Idimogu.

It urged Ambode to constitute a high-powered enquiry into the conflict.

Earlier, Speaker Mudashiru Obasa said the incident followed disagreement among brothers, adding that government should act decisively on the issue.

He said: “Soldiers have been stationed at the market since 1999, yet they have not been able to solve the problem. There is a police station there, what did the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) do, when the incident occurred?
“It is a market without structure; we can move the market to another place if we can provide an alternative. We should look at a new planning; we cannot have such a market at the centre of a megacity.”

Obasa called for the probe of military men stationed at the market since they could not forestall the riot. He suggested that Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) be installed there.

Deputy Speaker, Wasiu Sanni Eshinlokun said the market was not well organised, adding that a visit there would reveal that it is not a conventional market.


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