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Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command on Friday, raided some shanties around the popular Alaba International Market in the Ojo Local Government Area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed this on his Twitter handle, saying, police acted on credible information.
The PPRO however denied online reports that the market was gutted by fire.
He explained that some suspected criminals were arrested after the raid while weapons were recovered from them.
Hundeyin noted that the shanties were thereafter set on fire by the police.
He wrote, “This is a false narrative! Acting on credible information, police officers from the Ojo division raided shanties around the market, arrested suspected criminals and recovered some weapons. The shanties were thereafter set on fire. Alaba Int’l Market is not on fire.”
There was panic on Friday in the area after fire gutted shanties around the market.
The Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Margaret Adeseye, in a statement, also confirmed that none of the stores in the market was affected.
She said, “It is instructive to confirm that shanties and not shops are on fire, please.”
She further stated that the incident degenerated into a security situation as officials of the agency were unable to gain access into the area to carry out their duties.
Adeseye said the agency was collaborating with security agents to address the situation.
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