Butchers at Gbagi market, Ibadan, on Friday, clashed with officials of the Oyo State Joint task force over enforcement of relocation order to Central Abattoir in Amosun, Akinyele local government area of the state.
The Clash caused the vandalisation of two buses of the Pacesetter Transport Services, Nigerian Tribune reports.
The task force comprising officers of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), staffers of the state Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, among others, had arrested some butchers for flouting the relocation order only for hell to be let loose when other butchers saw that their members were being taken away in government’s busses.
With the ensuing violence and butchers’ insistence on the release of their members, the task force was compelled to release the arrested butchers so as to leave the volatile scene alive.
Executive Secretary, Oyo Bureau of Investment Promotion and Public Private Partnership, Mr Yinka Fatoki said the culprits had been identified and will be prosecuted.
He decried the butchers’ attack on the state government’s task force as impunity, pointing out that the government may be forced to increase the number of personnel in the task force to go all out against erring butchers.