Clash Between Security Operatives And Traders Claims Four Lives In Lagos

A deadly clash among operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Neighbourhood Watch and traders in FESTAC Town, Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area (LGA) of Lagos State reportedly claimed the lives of four people on Tuesday, 15 July, 2014.

According to Thisday report, the clash, which occurred in front of the secretariat of Amuwo-Odofin council area at 41 Road, FESTAC at about 4pm, started when some traders whose stores were demolished at Alakija mobilised to protest the seizure of their goods.

The council had ordered the demolition of some of the shops and directed the Neighbourhood Watch to carry out the demolition.

It was gathered that as the traders tried to salvage their wares they were allegedly rebuffed by the security officials, who packed the wares into their operational vehicles despite pleas from the traders.

However, the demolition operation ran into a hitch when security officials allegedly attempted to seize the machine and money of one of the lottery operators in the area.

It was reported that some area boys and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), who were waiting for the result of the lottery draw after they had already staked their money, resisted the move.

As a result, the Neighbourhood Watch officials were said to have called in two patrol teams of the Operation Mesa (OP Mesa) and they arrested about 10 traders and some NURTW members.

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