Suspected political thugs have set fire to the Akere spare parts market in the Apapa Ajegunle area of Lagos State. The hoodlums arrived at the market at around 2am on Wednesday and shot three people, including a security guard, before setting fire to the market’s facilities.
A witness, who captured a video of the incident, reported that the security guard and two other individuals had been killed and had already been buried. Meanwhile, an official from the Red Cross, who was present at the scene, confirmed that the market had been burned down but did not provide any further information on who was responsible for the attack.
Following the incident, an online user named Frazee expressed their outrage, stating that politicians were using brainwashed individuals to create trouble, and that burning people’s means of livelihood was unacceptable. However, Frazee also noted that the market was financially strong and would likely be rebuilt within four months, thanks to the cooperation of its members.
Another individual, Pierocash, urged members of the Igbo community in Lagos to be more vigilant and security-conscious, warning that their enemies would not be taking it easy on them. Pierocash also emphasized the importance of dislodging Lagos from the grip of “evil cartels” during the upcoming gubernatorial poll, stating that failure to do so would result in dire consequences for the community.
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The incident at Akere spare parts market is yet another example of the violence and insecurity that has plagued Lagos State in recent years. It remains to be seen what measures will be taken to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future, and whether the perpetrators of this attack will be brought to justice.