Lagos State government has threatened to shut down the popular Ladipo auto spare parts market if the crisis rocking the market is not resolved.
The executive secretary of Mushin local government area, Mr. Babajide Bello who dangled the axe while speaking with journalists in Lagos said the government would have no option than to shut the market if the crisis rocking the auto spare parts market persists.
Bello said he could not fold his hands and watch total breakdown of law and order in Mushin by the warring factions, saying he was aware of the lingering crisis in the market and was ready to arrest the situation so that it will not escalate.
The local council boss said he has invited the two parties involved in the matter, the executives of the traders and Monday Lawrence, the leader of cemetery workers, for discussion.
Bello pointed out that he was aware that the cemetery was contracted to Lawrence but did not know if the contract involved collection of tolls in the market on behalf of Mushin LGA.
He said the warring factions were of Igbo extraction and could not understand why they could not resolve their areas of disagreement amicably without resorting to violence.
The crisis is between the traders under the umbrella of Ladipo Central Executive Committee, LACEC, led by Comrade Kinsley Ogunor and cemetery workers led by Monday Lawrence has engrossed the market for more than one week.