We Didn’t Take Sides In Mile 12 Clash – Police

Mile-12The Lagos State Police Command has denied accusations that it took sides during the Mile 12, Agiliti crisis, describing the allegation as cheap blackmail.
The State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who insisted that he led the operation and not the Area Commander nor the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ketu as alleged, insisted that his men did their job devoid of sentiments.
Violence erupted in the Mile 12 area of Ketu last week following a bloody clash between Hausa traders and their Yoruba hosts. When calm was restored to the area by security agents, no fewer than 10 people were counted killed in the mayhem.
Some residents of Mile 12 market, Agiliti community, Maidan and its environs had in various interviews with journalists accused the police of taking sides in the violence.
Denying the allegations, CP Owoseni said: “Mile 12 is relatively calm and the process of healing has commenced in terms of dialogue. 174 suspects were arrested and at the moment investigations and auditing are ongoing.
“It was miscreants that were involved in that fight and not normal Yorubas or Hausas. Even when the fight was on, some Hausas hid Yoruba children in their shops, likewise some Yorubas hid Hausa people in their homes.
“All those trying to play on ethnic or religious sentiments are using cheap blackmail. It is mere fabrication that police or security agencies took sides in that fight. We did our job there devoid of sentiments”.
He also pegged the figures of suspects arrested at 174, adding that investigations were ongoing to ascertain their culpability.

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