Normalcy Returns To Oshodi After Thugs Intimidate Igbo Traders
Normalcy has returned to Oshodi after thugs prevented traders from opening their stores to begin commercial activities.
Most of the affected traders are Igbos.
The thugs believed to be members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are angry with the traders for allegedly voting for the Peoples Democratic Party in Saturday's Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The situation forced many residents of the area to stay indoors while schools shut their doors to pupils and parents.
When our correspondent visited the popular Oshodi market on Monday morning, most of the shops belonging to Igbos were under lock and key.
Some of the traders, who came to the market were seen loitering around the market.
Our correspondent also saw some of the thugs warning the traders not to open.
Normalcy was however, restored with the arrival of security operatives.
Residents of the area and traders had since begun to go about their normal business.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti,, who spoke on the development, explained that calm had returned to Oshodi.
He explained that policemen and other security agents were on the ground to ward off any form of attack by hoodlums.
Oti said: “In order to sustain the peaceful atmosphere, the command will maintain a high level of Police presence in all parts of the state with emphasis on crime prone areas.
“Those celebrating should do that with modesty while those unhappy with the results have the privilege of adhering with laid down procedures of addressing their grievances as provided by the Electoral Act in the Tribunal.
“The Command has made adequate arrangements to secure the venues of the Election Tribunals in the State.
“The Command, however, warns criminally minded people and disgruntled elements to steer clear of the state or be prepared to contend with security forces in the state,” the statement reads.
Recall that during Saturday’s election in Oshodi, about 7 polling units were attacked by thugs, who took away ballot boxes.
The units are mostly in Mafoluku, an area highly populated by the Igbos.
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