- The Lagos state government has said there was no ethnic clash in the state on Monday, April 26
- A media report had said that a clash between Hausa motorcyclists and members of the NURTW degenerated into Hausa/Yoruba clash
- Governor Sanwo-Olu's media aide, Gboyega Akosile, however, dismissed the report, saying that the clash did not have any ethnic dimension
The Lagos state government has debunked a media report claiming there was an ethnic clash between Yoruba and Hausa youths in the early hours of Monday, April 26.
The newspaper added that the development degenerated into a tribal clash as Hausa and Yoruba youths confronted themselves, wielding dangerous weapons, including guns.
Eyewitnesses were cited as saying that the fracas began when the motorcyclists gathered themselves to protest constant harassment by the road union members.
However, reacting to Vanguard's report on Twitter, Gboyega Akosile, the chief press secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the clash did not have any ethnic colouration.
Akosile said the clash was between NURTW members and some Okada riders and that operatives of the Nigeria police have brought the situation under control.
"Correction: please there's no ethnic clash in Lagos. No State has been more tolerant in Nigeria, where you have every tribe from the country than Lagos.
"The early morning clash was between members of the NURTW and the Okada riders. @PoliceNG has brought situation under control."
Clashes between the NURTW and its members are recurrent in Lagos state.
Lagosians who were going about their usual daily activities were thrown into confusion especially after hearing rapid gunshots said to have come from around the Ken Salem House.
The suspension was imposed on Tuesday, March 9, following a violent clash between the factions of the Ondo state chapter of the union.
The government described the clash as unruly and uncultured behaviour of the union leaders which resulted in violent attacks on members and innocent citizens.