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A splinter socio-political group who have been identified as the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, COSEYL, has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Lagos State Government to tender an unreserved apology to southeast indigenes who were recently attacked in the state.
The Eastern Updates recalls that a mild drama ensued on Thursday at Alaba International Market, Ojo, Lagos, after some traders of Igbo extraction, who had shut down their shops to register for Permanent Voters Card, PVC, were reportedly attacked by hoodlums.
The incident has continued to general uproar from concerned Nigerians who alleged that some political actors are behind the attack, alleging that their aim is to disenfranchise the Igbos.
Reacting, a statement issued by the President General of COSEYL, Goodluck Ibem, warned against such attacks, saying the insult on Igbos residing in the state must stop.
The coalition also demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of the assailants, saying the incident clearly indicated a security crisis in the state.
The statement reads partly, “We warn those thugs and their sponsors not to dare such attack again on Igbo traders or else they will meet a corresponding response. Nobody has the monopoly of violence. Enough of such insult on Ndigbo.
“We demand an apology to Ndigbo to Ndigbo within the next 7 days. Enough said!”
There were viral videos on social media claiming that Igbos at the popular Alaba International Market, Ojo, were attacked by hoodlums while the PVC machine was carted away when they wanted to register at the local government office.
It was alleged that some hoodlums invaded the registration centres at Ojo, Amuwo-Odofin, Ago Palace Way, and some parts of Isolo.
It was also alleged that registrants at the Ikotun-Egbe, Ejigbo and Idimu axis were given pieces of paper instead of their PVCs because they are Igbos.