On Tuesday, July 13, a number of people were allegedly killed following a battle between soldiers and ticket touts at the famed Ladipo auto spare parts market in Lagos.
According to The Nation, some sources claim that three people were slain by the army, while others claim that five people were killed.
The events that led to the clash are described in a variety of ways. While some believe the soldiers invaded the market and began shooting indiscriminately, others claim Operation MESA soldiers opened fire on traders after a quarrel over an item purchased from a dealer.
“We were here at our shops when soldiers came and started shooting. We all ran for our lives but some of our brothers were killed, others got injured. What we heard was that one of the soldiers had tried to return an item he got from a shop and that was what led to the scuffle” a trader said
Another trader, Emeka who claimed his brother was among those killed, decried the unfair treatment meted to them by the operatives.
“My brother has been killed. The operatives intentionally shot at us instead of shooting towards the sky. I even saw one of the operatives who positioned himself in order to get a good view of his target before shooting.
A young boy was also among those killed”Emeka said
The spokesman for Nigerian Army’s 81 Division, Major Olaniyi Osoba, said an investigation into the incident has already commenced.