GOV ABIOLA AJIMOBI VOWS BODIJA MARKET PERPETRATORS WILL ARRESTED AS HE REOPENS THE MARKETIyiolastrings
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has vowed that those involved in the Bodija market mayhem that led to the burning down of a police station would be arrested and prosecuted.
The governor said this on Friday during an assessment visit to Bodija market and also the new central abattoir at Amosun Village in Ibadan.
The news agency of Nigeria recollects that there was mayhem at Bodija market in ibadan on Thursday as suspected hoodlums allegedly clashed with some law enforcement officials.
The crisis led to the killing of no fewer than 2 traders and also the razing of the station in the market.
The authorities shut down the market to forestall any loss of lives and property”
NAN reports that the governor, who was accompanied by CP Abiodun Odude and other members of the state council on Friday, visited the scene to assess the extent of destruction.
Ajimobi condemned the lawlessness of the butchers that led to the loss of lives and property.
“Our effort is to provide clean and healthy surroundings. we don’t wish our individuals to consume or purchase unhealthy meat that would result in numerous diseases.
“The cost of peace is enforcement. I assure you that those that perpetrated this atrocious crime are going to be arrested and made to pay for it,” he said.
The governor said the relocation directive given to the butchers in ibadan was to push the production of hygienical meat and cleaner surroundings, adding government has nothing against them.
Government, he said, wouldn’t continue to watch individuals politicize each policy evolved to promote socio economic well-being of the citizens.
We have held many consultative conferences with the butchers and in agreement on what we are doing, because it is being done in other states.
“No individual or group is bigger than government. we are very happy with what we’ve seen today.
“We enjoined you, market leaders present here to appeal to those in the act to refrain from such. together with your effort at sustaining this peaceful atmosphere, we might reopen the market.”
NAN reports that Ajimobi later visited the new abattoir where the butchers in their hundreds welcome him with joy on their faces.
The butchers, who expressed joy over the facilities provided at the market, expressed that they slaughtered no fewer than 222 cows at the abattoir on Friday.
Alhaji Sumaila Jimoh, Babaloja of Bodija Market and Mr Lateef Olagoke, State Secretary, National Butchers Union of Federal Republic of Nigeria appealed to the governor to reopen the market.
In their separate remarks, the 2 leaders pledged their support to the govt., saying they would always comply with government directives and policies.