Traders at the Alade Market in Ikeja area of Lagos State have held a protest against a plan by the Lagos State Government to relocate the market from the complex.
The protesting traders said the government should have made a better alternative arrangement for them before depriving them entrance to the market.
Some entrances into the complex were locked, with traders deprived access to their shops.
They alleged that the matter was in court and that the option the government was giving them was not conducive for their operations.
“Looking at the situation on ground, these people have children and relatives and they feed on these businesses. When you are keeping them out of a shop, you should provide a comfortable place for them.
“Nobody says you should not develop the market, but look at them…” one of the a sympathisers said.
Some of the persons in the complex have been there for over 13 years and they are lamenting that they would not get patronage in the new place.
Alade Market is a shopping mall where with several shops where different goods and services, including currency exchange, are offered.