Traders at the popular Bakassi spare parts in Ladipo market, Oshodi axis of Lagos State have lamented the demolition of the market.
This is coming after the traders’ shops were demolished over the weekend by persons believed to be officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Environment.
Recounting the experience, the market’s spokesman, Ezeigbo Nkire, described the act as ‘disheartening’ in the face of the current economic challenges.
“Two weeks ago, we discovered that the Ministry of Environment came to lock this market and after the locking this market, they put a seal.
“After two days, we went to the Ministry of Environment to find out what was the problem (and) they said that this place is very dirty and they need the people to go and do environmental sanitation there an after that, they will come and open the place,” he said.
The exercise allegedly carried out at night in which at least 4,000 traders were displaced, took them unawares and left behind trails of losses.
As at the time Channels Television crew visited the scene, most of the traders affected were short of words as they searched through the remains of their shops, attempting to salvage what was left.