Hausa, OPC clash at Oko-Baba, one shot dead
One person was killed and several others hurt in a communal clash that broke out Sunday, at a favorite slum,Oko-Baba, Ebute-Meta, area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria between the Hausa community and members of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC.The violent clash erupted involving a group of truck pushers who specialized in a few Odua People’s Congress, Hausa and scraps business, mainly, OPC in the early hours of Sunday, at the area.Men of the Denton Police Station, Lagos State Control, who raced to the scene of this clash afterwards restored normalcy and peace to the area.Following widespread fire that gutted plank buildings Lagos State Governor, in the Oko-Baba area, Babajide Sanwo-Olu discharged an inter-ministerial team to investigate the remote and immediate cause of the inferno with a view to compensating and resettling victims.Hassan Ibrahim, Leader Hausa Youth, Oko-Baba, who spoke on the clash said,”We lost one of our associates during a fracas with some people who claimed to be OPC. Trouble started when a few of our guys went to purchase scraps from the burnt shanties and while they had been intercepted and harassed by some miscreants and OPC demanding for cash before they could go.In the process, battle broke-out. One was shot in the head and many others who sustained injuries are receiving treatment at the Ebute Meta Health Centre. We are just making preparation on the best way best to bury. We’re not happy about this but with total submission to God, we’re ready to keep the peace on the interest of the general public.”Speaking on behalf of fire victims, Alhaji Abdulhakeem Mohammed, appealed for government’s assistance as the people are really group.We’re happy that the Governor has sent agents to get on the area assessment. Initially our fear was you went to send us packing out of here but with your confidence, we are hopeful. All we need is government compensation. The people living here about 500 households are. We have no where to go,” he said.However, Olowo, who pleaded for calm and collaboration among the fire victims and the parties, urged them to maintain peaceful coexistenceconflict and violence.He said government would liaise with groups and stakeholders to find a lasting solution to incessant fire occurrence which has been an event with the newest. We are here in order to see exactly what happened, how bad it is to comprehend the situation, so that we can also learn what we can do to bring some succour.”It isn’t really good in sight, what we shall hope to do is to understudy the main cause and we are going to attack it in the root cause, so this kind of thing won’t happen again. We’re not here to displace you,” he said.