June 12: Markets, Computer Village, Shops Remain Shut in Lagos, Nigeria

Several markets in Lagos, including the popular Computer Village stayed shut on Saturday following social media circulated threats of protest and violence in the state.

Acclaimed Oduduwa Republic activist, Sunday Igboho, earlier declared June 12 a day of protest and encouraged people in the Southwest to stockpile food in readiness for the day.

Despite police assurance that people could go about their business activities, and that they would be provided security, Lagosians stayed home.

In Abule Egba area, the popular Ile-Epo Market was deserted as people stayed away for fear of being attacked by hoodlums.

Also shut was the popular second-hand clothes market, Katangowa Market, in Abule Egba. Traders stayed at home out of fear of the unknown.

In Berger area of Lagos, markets and shops were shut, people stayed at home. The same situation applied to Ikeja markets and shops in its environs.

In Fagba, an area of Ifako Ijaiye, roadside shops were under lock and key.

The same thing applied to many parts of Lagos, such as Ketu, Mile 12, among others.

The roads in Lagos were free on Saturday as the usual gridlock disappeared. Motorists stayed away from the roads for fear of being attack.

In some parts of the state, policemen were seen patrolling to ensure that there was no breakdown of law and order.

Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) were stationed at major hotspots in the state to forestall any form violence.

Violence was only recorded at Ojota area of the state where police fired teargas at hoodlums who attempted to hijack a peaceful protest at MKO Abiola Garden area of the state.

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