Traders in Bodija market are counting their losses in attacks by unknown gunmen which left ten of their colleagues dead.
Speaking on the sad incident at Bodija Market, Public Relations Officer of the market, Mr. Emiola Akeem, said they lost a total of 14 members, including more than N33 million in the two attacks.
He said, “On May 5, this year, four of our members were murdered in cold blood and N11 million was stolen from them. This time again, after killing them, they stole N22 million we contributed to buy beans and fish.”
The section for beans sellers was deserted with all the shops locked up, even as business activities resumed generally at the popular market.
One of the traders, Mrs. Bola Lawal, said the action was just to sympathise with their dead colleagues.
She said, “We closed our shops just to mourn our dead colleagues. Look at their shops there. They were very nice and hard-working young men. See what these evil people have done now?”
“We cannot protest in Oyo State. The state government did not do any evil to us. It would be unfair if we now go to the secretariat to protest. It is not the state government that failed, it is the Federal Government,” she added.