Traders want Ambode to wade into Ile-Epo Market mayhem


Kazeem Ugbodaga
One of the injured persons
Traders at the popular Ile-Epo Market in Abule Egba area of Lagos State have called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to urgendly wade into last Thursday’s mayhem in the market which led to a serious blood bath.
Policemen from Idimu and Ile-Epo Police Station and thugs from the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, brought by the Executive Secretary of Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area, LCDA allegedly invaded the market where some traders were shot by the police and others macheted by thugs.
The traders in a statement issued on Sunday and signed by William Falana, Secretary, Ile-Epo Market and the Iyaloja General of the market, Mrs Modupe Shonola vowed that if Ambode did not wade into the crisis, a massive calamity never witnessed in the history of markets in Lagos State might befall Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA this week.
Leg of an injured man
“If the government and lovers of peace in Lagos State do not call to order the Executive Secretary of Agbado Oke-Odo, Engr. Famuyiwa and his rampaging thugs of NURTW, as led by their leader, Richard Adeyanju in their penchant to ensure that traders at Ile Epo Market know no peace, there will be crisis,” the traders said in the statement.
The crisis in the market is a tussle about revenue collection which had pitched market leaders with the Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA, with the traders insisting that the council could not use NURTW thugs to collect revenue in the market as the market is never a motor park.
The traders said it would be wise for Ambode to wade into this crisis once and for all before it becomes too late, saying that “we want the governor to among others declare whether the NURTW has the right to be operating in the market where there is no …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper