This is an eye witness account of how Soldiers stormed the popular Ladipo Market in Lagos State and allegedly shot and killed traders over disagreements on item purchased in the market in the year 2020.
While another account have it that the clash was between the soldiers and ticket touts, others say it was between auto spare parts dealers and a personnel of the Nigerian Army
According to The Nation Online, a trader said, “Some soldiers came here and started shooting directly at us. They aimed at us, one of them even positioned well to get a good view of the target before shooting.”
Another eyewitness told The Nation that a young boy was among those killed while four others sustained gunshot injuries and were rushed to hospital.
A man, who gave his name as Paul, said they scampered for safety when they started hearing gunshots.
“We were here at our shops when soldiers came and started shooting. We all ran for our lives but some of our brothers were killed, others got injured.
“What we heard was that one of the soldiers had tried to return an item he got from a shop and that was what led to the scuffle,” he said.
Another trader, Emeka who claimed his brother was among those killed, decried the unfair treatment meted to them by the operatives.
“My brother has been killed. The operatives intentionally shot at us instead of shooting towards the sky. I even saw one of the operatives who positioned himself in order to get a good view of his target before shooting.
“A young boy was also among those killed,” he lamented and declined further comments.