Hundreds of traders from Ikosi/Isheri market on Tuesday stormed the Lagos House of Assembly to protest the demolition of the Ikosi/Isheri fruit market in Lagos.
The protesters, who were majorly women, carried placards and marched from the market place to the Assembly premises chanting “help us, help us”.
They were carrying placards with various inscriptions like: ‘Re-modeling is a political coined language to sell our market, We say no to it’, ‘The Nigerians of conscience should come to our help’, ‘Governor Sanwo-Olu please help us’, ‘Our market is not to be sold in any form’, ‘We will explore all legal option to stop the satanic demolition of our market’, ‘OYESCO should be called to order’, ‘Our market is our DNA, is not for sale’, ‘Our market is our life line, we will protect it with our lives’, ‘Tinubu Egba wa o. Iketu/Ikosi market belongs to Yorubas, Hausas and Igbos. It must not be sold.’
Leader of the protester, Mrs. Adebukola Adejuwonbi, said their market was being destroyed without proper notification from the appropriate body.
Adejuwonbi indicted the chairman of Ikosi/Isheri local government, Mr. Abdulfatai Oyesanya as the prime mover of the destruction of the market.
“We came from the Ikosi/Isheri fruit market. I am one of the sellers at the market. On Friday morning, We just saw caterpillars breaking down our market without any notice.
“Our leader, as well as the chairman of local government said that if we wait, they will kill all of us.
“We were told they have sold this place for a contractor to build an estate where we are selling our daily foods.
“We can’t challenge them. They were even firing guns at us. Some people died, while some people got serious injury.
“Amist all this, The Chairman of Ikosi/Isheri local government, Fatai Oyesanya was standing upstairs telling the caterpillars to move on and if anyone waits, they should kill all of us.
“And since we don’t have any weapon, we had to run for our dear lives.
“That is why we decided to come here to plead with Lagos Assembly and the Governor to come to our aid and deliver us from this problem,” Adejuwonbi said.
Another leader, Yemisi Balogun, urged the government to come to their aid by helping them to get their market back.
She said that their lives largely depend on the market to cater for the needs of their children and households.
“Since they say that the government is for the people. So, we are here to cry to them that they should come to our aid and deliver us from the destruction of our market.
“It is from the market we get money to send our children to school. By doing this to us, we are going to suffer. That is why we are here to come and plead to intervene in this issue.
“Meanwhile, The market is legal for the purpose we are using it for. If it wasn’t we wouldn’t have been so worried about the destruction. It is Ikosi/Isheri market and it is already approved for market.