#BounceExclusive: Pathetic Situation In Sabo Market As Shops Come Down
The Sabo Market in Ikorodu area of Lagos State was thrown into disarray on Thursday, as shop owners run around in undue hurry and confusion, trying to save their wares from being destroyed.
It was not a situation triggered by fire, but by intentional demolition of their shops, which were being reduced to ruins before their very eyes.
The ruins greeted some persons that had left their daily business and homes and had journeyed to the market to shop.
Sabo market has been reduced to a sight that turns the mood of even passers-by from excitement to sadness.
It is now a shadow of itself, totally different from what it was on May 4.
Shop owners who were trying to pick a few things that had not been destroyed, said they had received a notice of rent increment to an amount most of them said was too much for them to cough-out, at a period of economic recession.
"Where the money dey (where is the money)? some questioned in pidgin English.
After they raised concerns over the increment, they were issued a 7-day ultimatum to move their wares, but most of them said they had no place to move their wares to within 7 days. The period was too short they also said.
They had come as usual to open their shops on Thursday, with dreams that they will make sales and even profit, only to find that their shops have been reduced to rubble.
Some claimed that the Iyaloja (a woman in charge of market activities) ordered the demolition.
Goods worth millions of Naira were destroyed, while some claim they lost money and other personal belongings left in their shops.
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