17th December, 2010
Following the in fighting going on at Aguinyi Ironsi International Trade CentreÂ Ladipo Market Mushin Lagos among traders, the chairman of Mushin Local Government,Â Hon. Adepitan Babatunde, has suspended the market leaders and set up a five-manÂ committee to bring a lasting peace in the market.
The decision came as a result of the series of meetings held by the stakeholders ofÂ the market including the developer, Paramo Development Ventures, who has anÂ agreement with the Mushin Local Government.
The market was on Monday closed down because of environmental problems caused by theÂ crisis in the market
The traders, P.M.NEWS gathered, opened up to the council that the market has been inÂ crisis because of the levies imposed on them and to make peace all the levies mustÂ be suspended.
In the meeting it was agreed that all tolls should be suspended and the market unionÂ dissolved so that traders could face their business. It was also agreed that MushinÂ Local Government should take over the security and sanitation of the place, untilÂ the matter is resolved.
The chairman, also set up a caretaker committee, comprising Tony Onyiliagha, whoÂ represented a 13-man committee appointed by the Lagos State Government; LawrenceÂ Eze, representing the leadership of the market developer; Prince Jamiu Onitolo andÂ two representatives from the council.
Addressing the press at Mushin Secretariat, the chairman said that the decision wasÂ taken to restore sanity in the market, adding that all the stakeholders in theÂ market were consulted before arriving at the decision.
The decision of the council were welcomed by the majority of the stakeholders andÂ traders.
However, Isaac Udeh and Vincent Nwosu, who belong to the camp of the dissolvedÂ leadership, did not sign the agreement. Their supporters during protest allegedlyÂ Â damaged some vehicles parked at the council by the traders.
Consequently, Udeh and Nwosu were arrested and detained at Zone D Police, Mushin,Â until police concludeÂ their investigation on the matter.