2023 Elections: Non-indigenes Panic Over Possible Attacks in Lagos

2023 Elections: Non-indigenes Panic Over Possible Attacks in Lagos

A report by Daily Sun indicates that following the announcement of the Labour Party (LP)'s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, as the winner of the presidential election in Lagos, there has been tension and panic all over the state, especially in non-indigenes.

This followed threats by supporters of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu on social media that they would deal with Igbos for voting against their benefactor.

Governor Sanwo-Olu has called for calm as tension rises in Lagos. Photo credit: Lagos state govt
Source: UGC

Following the threat, there have been pockets of attacks or attempted attacks on some business areas dominated by the Igbos.

In the early hours of Monday, February 28, there was an attempted attack on the Illasa Generator Spare Parts market, but a team of policemen on patrol repelled the assailants.

In Ijegemo, Isheri area of the state, shops were demolished, and hoodlums robbed many people.

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In Ikotun, soldiers of the Nigerian Army deployed in the area were able to disperse some hoodlums who tried to cause trouble.

There was also an attack on the famous Mandilas Market on Lagos Island, causing traders to scamper for safety.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has stationed soldiers in some crisis-prone regions.

Trader confirms threat from APC-backed thugs

Speaking to Legit.ng on the issue, a trader in the popular Oshodi market, Favour Alim, said many of them were advised by the market association leadership s to stay at home for now until the presidential result in announced.

She said:

''We have stayed away from our shops since the elections ended. We know they are targeting us, so our leaders asked us to stay home for now.

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';'The worst is that they classify every non-indigene as Igbos. I am from Ogoja in Cross River state, but I am always referred to as 'Omo Igbo'. So I am home for now pending when the tension reduces.''

Police gives update on woman stabbed at Lagos polling unit

In a related development, The Guardian reports that the police have yet to arrest the attackers of Efidi Bina Jennifer, the lady who was stabbed at a polling unit in Surulere.

There were videos of her face being stitched after the attacks and pictures of her returning to exercise her vote.

Many have called her the hero of the February 25 election due to her resilience to cast her vote despite being in pain.

Source: Legit.ng

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