By Omogbolahan Adisa
Workers of Ifako Ijaye Local Government Area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, were held hostage on Friday, 16th May, 2014 by some Hausa cattle and ram sellers who invaded the council secretariat.
The Hausa ram sellers invaded the Aina Ajobo Street secretariat of the local government demanding payment of the debt owed them by the Oloruntoba Oke administration incurred over purchase of rams and cows for the last Ileya festival.
The ram sellers stormed the council secretariat at about 1pm threatening the council staff and also threatening to block entrance to the council if they were not paid their money.
It was also learnt that the angry Hausa traders allegedly stormed the council secretariat brandishing dangerous weapons like daggers and knives and threatening to attack the staff.
With the absence of the council chairman, Apostle Oloruntoba Oke, it took the intervention of top management staff of the local government to pacify the angry Hausa traders. The management was reported to have quickly raised N1 million to pay part of the debt.