On Wednesday, there was unrest at the Alaba International market in Lagos where traders and touts, notoriously known as “area boys” clashed.
A viral video seen showed some traders in the areas carrying matchets and sharp objects while vehemently protesting taxes they alleged the touts had been collecting in the area.
Some of the protesters burnt tyres on the road, while some workers in the area locked themselves up in their offices, witnessing the chaos.
The spokesperson of the Lagos State police command, Superintendent Benjamin Hundeyin, said normalcy has been restored in the area.
According to him while announcing on his Twitter page @benhuneyin, “Alaba International Market is calm. Normalcy has been restored. @rrslagos767 and men of Ojo Division are on ground, under the supervision of Area Commander Festac, ACP Igbafe Afegbai. There is no cause for alarm as monitoring continues,” he wrote.