Ile Epo: How N60k Betting Win Ignited Lagos Market Clash

The alleged refusal of a betting agent to pay the N60,000 won by a staker sparked the ethnic clash that erupted at the popular Oke Odo Market in Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, Vanguard’s investigation has shown.

Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that the issue that led to the crisis started late on Wednesday night when a staker, a Yoruba man, won the sum of N60,000 in the popular Baba Ijebu betting forum.

It was gathered that when he wanted to collect his win from the betting agent, a man from the North, the agent allegedly refused to pay him, saying the winner should be ready to part with some money.

This angered the winner who said he would only give him anything of his own volition. Noting that the agent should not force him to part with any amount from his money. The situation became a matter of hot argument and the betting agent ran to take refuge among his people in the nearby refuse dump.


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“The winner also chased him there and they started fighting and in the commotion, some friends of the betting agent came in to assist their friend. The friends of the bet winner also joined the fray too, ” a source said.

While some shops were burnt in the violent clash and some people being wounded, the police have put the situation under control.

However, most of the stalls and shops in the market are still closed as at Thursday afternoon.

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