Thursday, June 28, 2018 has been a day of chaos for traders at the Bodija market in Ibadan the capital of Oyo state.

This is following a violent clash that erupted between men of the police and butchers in the ancient market.

What caught our attention was a warning message that emerged on WhasApp on Thursday afternoon warning residents to avoid the Bodija market area of the capital city.

Pls do not come to bodija market ibadan side now.....the place is on fire.....bullets are not fly the route at this moment.....pls.

An Ibadan resident who chatted with Bounce News then explained that a decision by the state government had not gone down well with the cow sellers made up of both Yoruba and Hausa men.

“The fight is between butchers and police officers in Bodija market. They asked them to move away from where they kill cows, so the men are resisting.

“They started burning police station and of course the police men retaliated,” he said.

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Further investigation showed that the Oyo state government had indeed ordered the immediate shut-down of the Kara section of the large market where the business of selling cows is carried out.

But since the decision was greeted with resistance, the Oyo State Government has now shut down the entire Bodija market, according to the verified twitter handle of the Oyo State Government.

@oyostategovt, said Bodija market was shut after gunshots were heard in the market and the move is to “guard against the escalation of violence in the market to other parts of the state”.

We are making attempts to reach out to the Public Relations Officer of the Oyo state Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu.

Meanwhile, no casualty has been reported as at the time of filing this report.

More details soon.

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