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Ile-Epo Market Crisis: Tomato dealers threaten supply cut over destruction of crates

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Tomato Crates Dealers Association of Nigeria has threatened to cut tomato supply to Lagos State following the alleged destruction of over 60,000 of their crates during a clash at the Ile-Epo Market in Alimosho, Lagos.

Ahmed Alaramma, the national chairman of the association and national secretary of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria, made the threat during a news briefing in Zaria on Sunday.

Alaramma stated that the association’s members, who rent out the plastic crates to tomato dealers across the country, lost over ₦360 million in investment. Each empty crate according to him costs ₦6,000, and the 60,000 crates were about to be returned to the North when they were burnt by “area boys” during the clash on May 1.

Alaramma appealed to the Federal and Lagos State governments, as well as other relevant stakeholders, to investigate the issue and compensate the association to cushion the effect of the damage. He said the association is already in contact with its legal team regarding available legal remedies if the government’s response is unfavorable.

The chairman warned that if nothing is done, the association will have no choice but to cut the supply of tomatoes to Lagos State over this incident.

A section of the Ile-Epo Market was set on fire on Wednesday evening as hoodlums clashed, leaving many people injured and some goods destroyed in the process.

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