Lagos Government Reacts to Alleged Clash between Hausa, Yoruba Youths

Lagos Government Reacts to Alleged Clash between Hausa, Yoruba Youths

- 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

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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.

Vanguard had reported that there was a minor clash between Hausa motorcyclists and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in the Iyana-Iba area of Ojo, Lagos.

The newspaper added that the development degenerated into a tribal clash as Hausa and Yoruba youths confronted themselves, wielding dangerous weapons, including guns.

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Lagos Government Dismisses Alleged Clash between Hausa, Yoruba Youths
The Lagos state government says the clash between Okada riders and NURTW members at the Iyana-Iba area on Monday, April 26, did not have any ethnic colouration. Photo credit: @jidesanwoolu
Source: Twitter

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.

His tweet:

"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."

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Clashes between the NURTW and its members are recurrent in Lagos state.

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Recently, business activities were disrupted at Obalende, Lagos Island, due to a violent and brutal clash between factions of the NURTW.

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.

In other news, the Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has announced the indefinite suspension of all activities of the NURTW across the state.

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.

Source: Legit

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