Former Education Minister, Obiageli Ezekwesili, has demanded an investigation into the violence that occurred at Ladipo market, Lagos state, on Tuesday.

Newbreakersonline had reported that three traders were shot dead by military officers during a clash with union members and traders at the Aguiyi Ironsi International Trade Centre, in the Paramo area of Ladipo Market, Lagos State.

Ezekwesili, a former presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) in the 2019 election, who quoted a viral video of the incident, questioned the Nigerian Army on why its personnel had taken a violent approach towards civilians.

“@DefenceInfoNG @HQNigerianArmy have just seen this and wonder why your men have chosen this approach against the civilian population.” She tweeted.

The human rights activist then called for “investigation of the incident and sanction of those who unleashed such violence in the Ladipo spare parts market.”

“End such behaviour,” she added.

The Nigerian Airforce whose members were also present at the scene said an investigation was going on as regards the matter,

According to the Nigerian Airforce Director of Public Relations and Information, Edward Gabkwat,  Airforce personnel were present at the scene but did not open fire on anyone in the market.

“It was an unfortunate situation. It wasn’t as if it was the air force men that opened fire, but the rifle, which belongs to the air force personnel, has been retrieved. I understand one or two people died, but it is unconfirmed. Our base commander has been told to get to the root of the matter,” he said.

READ: Three killed during military men, touts clash in Lagos market

 

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