1 Killed In Ketu Market Clash
The warning signs are everywhere but some youths will not heed until they are caught up, and in most cases, are not able to make it alive.
Hard drugs have caused many havocs in the lives of many youths, and it is worrisome why some can’t do without it.
One young man died reportedly because of overdose of hemp, and that death has led to the demise of another, and injury of many in Ketu area of Lagos state.
On Monday, a bloody clash ensued between rival gangs at Ketu market following a disagreement over the death of a member who died after heavy doses of marijuana.
A witness, simply identified as Musiliu, told NAN that troubled started when one gang carried the corpse of their late member, chanting war song within the Ketu market.
“What happened was some guys smoking Indian hemp in the market were fighting among themselves over the death of someone whom they gave an overdose of the hemp.
“Afterwards, the miscreants were seen carrying the corpse about in the market chanting war songs and destroying anything on sight. I think that was when the policemen were called to intervene.
“The police detachment from Ketu Police Station came and started shooting sporadically in the market while the miscreants were also seen facing them in spite of the shooting.
“The police latter went back to reinforce and that caused a lot of trouble as the market people started running helter skelter in order not to be caught up in the crisis,” the witness said.
Chioma, another witness, said trouble started when the policemen were trying to repel an attack by the miscreants.
“We are tired of these jobless youths coming to Ketu to smoke Indian hemp in the market. They are causing trouble here in this market.
“Its been long they have been smoking here causing trouble for us in the market. The trouble today started with them, they are attacking those policemen that came to restore peace in the market.
“I think the policemen are not happy with their effrontery at repelling them, so the policemen went for reinforcement.
“Things got worse as the policemen came back to the market, shooting sporadically into the air while people run for their dear lives,” she said.
Speaking on the riot, Spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Choke Oti, told NAN that normalcy have been restored in the area.
“Our men are there doing the needful. The police is proactive and we have been able to put the situation under control.
“The Lagos State Police Command will not relent until perpetrators are brought to book. The area is presently under surveillance,” Oti said.
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