An unconfirmed number of civilians were reportedly killed on Tuesday, following a clash between union members and military personnel at Ladipo Market in Lagos State.
Many were also reported injured in the incident which occurred at the Aguiyi Ironsi International Trade Centre, in the Paramo area of the market.
According to The PUNCH, the fiasco ensued when a military officer and his orderly visited the Ladipo market to swap some spare parts he bought from a trader.
It was said learnt that while on their way out of the market, some union members accosted them and asked for a gate pass of N200.
The confrontation was said to have infuriated the military officers, with an argument ensuing in the process.
The newspaper said sources disclosed that the union members assaulted the military officer, who then mobilized their colleagues to the scene.
The reinforcement allegedly shot some of the union members.
But the Nigerian Air Force has denied any wrongdoing by its officers, insisting that its men acted professionally and only responded to a distress call from the market.
Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, NAF spokesman, explained that the service’s personnel attached to Operation Mesa were in the market after receiving a distress call.
Gabkwet told The Nation that traders had called to inform them about a fight between a soldier of the Nigerian army and a civilian debtor.
He stated that upon receiving the call, a team of personnel swiftly moved to the market but were attacked by some angry traders who pelted them with stones.
“Two of our operatives sustained injuries. We are going to investigate the incident to know what really happened,” he said.