By Cyriacus Izuekwe

There seems to be no end to the crises rocking Aguiyi Ironsi International Trade Centre, Ladipo Market, Mushin, Lagos, despite the intervention of the Mushin  Local Government Area to bring a lasting peace to the market.

Chairman of Mushin LGA, Hon. Babatunde Adepitan had in conjunction with the stakeholders of the market dissolved the leadership of the factions in the market  and set up a caretaker committee until peace returns to the market.

But a faction led by Chief Jonathan Okoli reneged on the agreement reached and started collecting tolls and levies from traders.

The latest development was an allegation by the developers, Paramo Development Ventures Ltd. that Chief Jonathan was planning to kill the Managing Director  of the company, Mr. Ajibade Hassan-Olajoku and bomb Aguiyi Ironsi International Trade Centre.

In a petition dated 29 December, 2010 to the Director-General of State Security Service, the company alleged that Chief Okoli threatened to attack anybody  who tries to stop him from collecting tolls and if the market was closed down by the government, he would bomb the place.

“Presently, militants have been stationed to kill anybody who attempts to get in his way in the market,” the petition stated.

The company also described Chieh Okoli as one of its tenants, adding that he took over the market fraudulently by parading himself as the owner and started  collecting tolls and other entitlements belonging to the company after the death of its Chairman, Alhaji Alabi Hassan Olajoku.

The company stated that his threat should not  be dismissed because he had committed various crimes which were reported to the police and nothing was done  about them.

“He claims that he is well connected to the highest rank in   the Nigeria Police,” the petitioners added.

They appealed to the members of the public, security institutions, Lagos State Government and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to  come to their rescue.

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