BY OLA AJAYI
IBADAN — THE popular Bodija Market in Ibadan was, yesterday, shut to customers to protest the killing of 25 traders who travelled to Maiduguri to buy beans and fish.
This came about two months after about 15 traders were allegedly killed in similar manner by some gunmen believed to be Boko Haram insurgents.
As a result of the latest killing, traders in the market warned of possible reprisal attack.
Mostly affected in the killing were sellers of fish, palm oil and beans who were said to be apprentices.
The incessant attacks by the gunmen had resulted in scarcity of some foodstuff like beans, yams, tomatoes and pepper in Ibadan.
According to information gathered, the slain traders comprised nine Yoruba beans traders and 16 Hausa fish sellers.
Though they claimed that the gunmen were Boko Haram, it was not confirmed as some survivors of the attack were shielded by the traders who were visibly angry and showed their grievances at the level of insecurity in the country.
One of the traders said, “I have told them to stop going to this place until normalcy is restored. How can you lose your life while trying to stay alive. These young men have bright future ahead of them but were felled at their prime because of some God forsaken Boko Haram.”
On the effect of the attacks, a trader, Mutiu Jamiu a specie of beans popularly called Oloyin now sells for between N450 and N500 against the previous price of N250.
About 150 shops were locked up at the beans, palm oil and fish sections.
It was not clear when corpses of the murdered traders would be brought to Ibadan.
As at the time of filing this report, there was no marketing activities at the affected sections of the market.