The usually crowded and ever busy Ladipo spare parts market was thrown into confusion amidst fear, anger and tears yesterday over the sudden closure of the market by the authorities of Mushin local govt under the guise that they want to build an ultra- modern market.
Some traders said on arrival in the morning yesterday at the market to look for their daily bread, that they met hoodlums escorted by policemen and SARS operatives vandalizing the market with bulldozers.
Traders scampered to salvage the little wares they could find, others, who were visibly devastated, shed tears uncontrollably, saying that there was no prior notice from the authorities to vacate their shops for a redevelopment they cursed that this was not what they bargained for while casting their votes earlier in the year. Some said they have just paid their rents, the most recent being two days ago.
The entrance gate has been sealed off and the roof of the shops demolished, with a banner from the council, which was strapped to the gate, informing the traders that a developer would rebuild the section into an ultra-modern market.