By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—Scores of traders from the Mile12 Market, Ketu, Lagos have stormed the Kara Cattle Market at Isheri in Ogun State following the continued closure of Mile 12 market after the bloody clash between Hausa and Yoruba traders.
Confirming the influx of the traders from Mile 12, Lagos to Kara cattle market in Ogun State, the state commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun said the government would not send them away rather would accommodate them.
Sokefun, who visited the affected Kara Market said the government has perfected plans to relocate the Kara Cattle Market at Isheri to Ogere area of the state.
The commissioner said the plan to relocate the market was due to the rampant accidents caused by the trucks parked around the market and in order to move the traders from the city to commodity environment.
The commissioner, however, advised the new traders to maintain peace and obey the rules and regulation of the state for their own benefit.
Sokefun also assured them that the government was not sending them away, promising that the government will provide a better market for them at Ogere.
“The state government is aware that traders from Ketu market have decided to relocate here, we welcome them. The government is very compassionate and we are not sending them away but, we will relocate them to Ogere because the government is concerned about the security of the people.
“We will also move the cattle market to the new market in order to reduce the rate of accidents caused by the trucks parked around the market,” she said.
However, the Seriki of the Kara cattle market, in Isheri, Ogun State, Chief Muritala Babalola solicited for the support of the government to clear the bush of the new market at Ogere.
Babalola also appreciated the government’s effort of accommodating the new traders.
The leader of the Ketu traders, Mr Samsideen Arowolo appreciated the government for giving them opportunity and not sending them away.
Arowolo also assured the government that they will always abide by the rules of the state and promise to be law abiding .
“ I appreciate the Ogun state government for the opportunity they give us and for not sending us away as we thought.
“ We are traders and transporters, and we are also peacemakers and we promised to always abide by the rules and regulation of the state”.