By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Traders, occupying the “Ile Gogoro”, in Oba Akinbiyi Shopping Complex at the Bodija Market in Ibadan North Local Government area of Oyo State on Wednesday took over the state secretariat protesting their eviction from the market.
The traders, who came carrying placards with various inscriptions like ‘Governor Makinde save us now” and many more expressed their displeasure at the quit notice issued by the council, calling on Governor ‘Seyi Makinde to intervene on the issue.
Addressing journalists at the scene of the protest, Chairman of Ibo union, Mr. Ogonnayi Nwaza Okoro lamented on the development describing the action of the council as unjust.
According to him, many of them have been in that market for a long time earning their daily living, not until the council came suddenly to serve them quit notice.
“We got the notice last Thursday and they said we have to leave tomorrow Thursday. We suddenly saw officers of the council pasting the notice paper last week and mandated us to pack our market stuff and leave tomorrow.
“That is not possible, we expect them to address us well on the issue but they didn’t do that. We have come in peace, we are appealing to governor Makinde to wade into the matter to find a lasting solution to the matter,” he said.
Shedding light on the issue, the Acting Head of Local Government Administration of the council, Sharafadeen Aminu said the dilapidated condition of the buildings and problems of killing and raping occurring in the building necessitated the action of the council.
He said the local government has always carried the traders along on matters concerning the market in order to justify their actions.
Reacting to the matter, the chairman of the council, Hon Yusuff Oladayo said the notice has been served about seven months ago before his assumption of office, adding that necessary steps are on to properly address the issues.
According to him, the structures and buildings in the market have become dilapidated and habitats for hoodlums who perpetrate evil acts including raping and killings.
The council boss said the steps taking by the council is to rescue the traders from imminent danger, assuring that he will talk with those affected.