High Price looms as Union threatens to cut tomato supply to Lagos over Market Clash

The cost of tomatoes and peppers could increase in Lagos as the Tomato Crates Dealers Association of Nigeria threatens to cut the supply of tomatoes to the state due to alleged damage to its goods during a clash at Ilepo market on Wednesday.

Alhaji Ahmed Alaramma, the national chairman of the union, issued this warning during a press briefing on Sunday in Zaria.

Alaramma, who is also the National Secretary of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria, stated that the clash at Ile-epo Market in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, which started on May 1, resulted in the destruction of their investment in over 60,000 empty tomato crates.

Alaramma explained that raffia baskets were initially used to transport tomatoes to the south, but they caused significant damage to the tomatoes, leading to the adoption of plastic crates.

According to him, each empty crate is priced at N6,000; thus, the members have incurred a loss of over N360 million in investment.

He appealed to the Federal Government, Lagos State Government, and other relevant stakeholders to address the issue and provide compensation to the association to mitigate the impact of the damage.

Alaramma also mentioned that the association is already consulting with its legal team regarding potential legal actions if the government’s response is not satisfactory.

Earlier last Wednesday, a section of the Ilepo Market at Oke Odo was earlier set on fire as hoodlums allegedly clashed with traders in the market over bet money.

It was learnt that the crisis started Wednesday evening and escalated on Thursday.

Some people were said to have been injured, while some goods were destroyed in the process.

Meanwhile, the state police spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin, in a statement on Thursday said normalcy had been restored to the market.

He explained that the Commissioner of Police had also directed the prompt prosecution of the arrested hoodlums and warned that the Command would decisively deal with anyone found breaching the peace, in accordance with the law.

Following reports of clashes among some youths and hoodlums in the Ile-Epo area of Lagos State, the DPO Oke-Odo swiftly led his men to the scene, and have since restored normalcy.

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