A major police raid got underway this morning in Ikeja Computer Village, the nation’s leading technology market cluster, in a move by the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), to clampdown on alleged sale of counterfeit products.
An eyewitness has just told Technology Times this morning that the law enforcement agents arrived the market this morning in the surprise raid and allegedly started shooting into the air, before swooping in some shops to cart away their products.
“They shot into the air and entered shops and started shooting tear gas and even shooting people”, according to the market source, who claimed that the government body was acting on complaints by unnamed Chinese phone companies.
The raid, which has created commotion in the market, has resulted in the lockdown of several shops in the market and also spilled over into nearby Awolowo Way adjoining the ever-busy marketplace in Ikeja, the capital of Lagos.
The raid has also spread to Tweeter where eyewitnesses are sharing various accounts of the raid on Ikeja Computer Village and allegations that policemen were “shooting sporadically into the air” according to Saibu Temitope, in one of the tweets pictured below:
When Technology Times visit the market in the wake of today’s raid by SON, Trinity Communications was sealed off by the government agency while other business owners were seen deciding on the next line of action following this morning’s raids that affected a section of the technology market clusters as seen in the photos on the next pages: