Killing. looting and mayhem
Lagos residents living in the Ojo local government area were once again confronted with the eruption of tribal violence between the local indigenes of the area and the Hausa community.
The violence which started at about noon on the 26th of April saw mobs roaming the streets and highway around that Iyana-Iba, Lasu, and Okokomiako areas.
While the actual root cause of the violence is not known, several casualties were reported with people shot, cut, and stabbed with knives and machete.
A rampaging crowd of machete-wielding Hausa men was seen killing and maiming innocent passers-by. Although security forces were on the scene they did nothing to stop or remedy the violence.
The ensuing violence and mayhem were also accompanied by massive vandalization of properties, burning of cars, looting, even robbery. Statement from the Nigerian police force Ojo area was that they have not been ordered to quell the violence and that they do not want to be seen as taking sides in the conflict.
Tribal uproar in the Ojo local government area is nothing new to residents of Ojo local government due to the high density of different tribal groups, however, since the creation of the popular Alaba market, Okokomiako which resides in an ideal location just approximately 70 KM from the seashores, a once nice town has been plagued with a pandemic of endless violence, crime, and corruption, thus leading to the residents of the local government requesting the closure of the infamous market.
In a video submitted by one of the 9jabranding freelance journalists, one could see mobs vandalizing packed cars and throwing rocks at onlookers sometimes hitting and injuring some innocent bystanders while members of the Nigerian army just watched idly without any attempt to stop these unlawful acts by the hoodlums.