The popular and largest fruits market in Nigeria, Ketu, in Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development, LCDA, has been demolished to pave way for the redevelopment project into the modern market.
Heavily armed special taskforce personnel were seen at the site about 11 am, bringing down the structures.
There were sporadic shootings by armed policemen when some miscreants and traders put up resistance as they started throwing pebbles and broken bottles at the task team.
Demolition is ongoing.
The development, however, witnessed cries by several market women who thronged the site begging that policemen, who were stationed there, allow them go inside and salvage their wares, which they claim were close to millions of naira as most of them had just stocked their shops with various items.
Several of the market women, who claimed they are widows, were refused by the police, who were still shooting canisters of teargas as the demolition exercise continues.