Uneasy Calm in Lagos Community after Hausa, Yoruba Clash

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The heavy presence of armed police officers at Ajiliti, a suburb in the Mile 12 area of Lagos, has forced relative calm to return to the area.

Irate Hausa and Yoruba youths in the community clashed on Monday after the latter accused the former of “slaughtering” a yet to be identified person and trying to dump the body into the river.

On Wednesday, burnt remains of motorcycles still littered the scene.

Three police patrol vans and an armoured tank were stationed at a road junction.

On a wooden bridge that leads into Maidan, a nearby community, about one dozen police officers sat on a wooden bench and read newspapers.

Groups of Hausa and Yoruba youth clustered on either side of the bridge.

“The fight had been hot between the two groups but it’s none of my business,” said Paul Uzor, a youth in Maidan.

At about 1 p.m., a minor fracas ensued when the police accused a Hausa youth of trying to foment trouble.

They sought out the young man, who was wearing an amulet on his left biceps, and manhandled him.

“If you kill him, all of us here will die,” said one of the youths in Hausa, swearing to the heavens.

It was alleged that the youth tried to molest some passers-by, thereby incurring the wrath of the nearby police officers.

The police officers declined to comment.

One of the Hausa youths who appeared to be the leader said “they would not talk to anyone.”

“After, you go to the newspaper and write nonsense. Go there and ask the (police).”

On the other side of the divide, the Yoruba youth gathered to watch the development.

“There is no more fighting for now,” said one of them who identified himself as Saheed.

“But we are still on the alert,” he added.

 

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