Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has vowed that those involved in the Bodija market mayhem which led to the burning down of a police station would be arrested and prosecuted.
There was mayhem at the Bodija market in Ibadan on Thursday as suspected hoodlums allegedly clashed with some police officers.
The crisis led to the killing of no fewer than two traders and the razing of the police station in the market.
Ajimobi condemned the lawlessness of the butchers which led to loss of lives and property.
“Our effort is to provide clean and healthy environment. We don’t want our people to consume or buy unhealthy meat that could lead to various diseases.
“The cost of peace is enforcement. I assure you that those who perpetrated this heinous crime will be arrested and made to pay for it,” he said.
The governor said the relocation directive given to the butchers in Ibadan was to promote the production of hygienic meat and cleaner environment, adding government has nothing against them.
Government, he said, would not continue to watch people politicise every policy evolved to promote socio economic well-being of the citizens.
“We have held several consultative meetings with the butchers and agreed on what we are doing, as it is being done in other states.
“No individual or group is bigger than government. We are very pleased with what we have seen today.
“We enjoined you, market leaders present here to appeal to those in the act to desist from such. With your effort at sustaining this peaceful atmosphere, we may reopen the market.”