Lagos Markets Shut As Tinubu’s Daughter’s Installation As ‘Iyaloja’ Holds

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The installation of Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, daughter of former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, as the Iyaloja General of Nigeria yesterday grounded commercial activities in major markets Lagos as they celebrate with the new Iyaloja.

Tinubu’s daughter’s installation, which took place at the palace of Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu 1, coincided with his 70 years birthday celebration and attracted dignitaries and captains of industries.

Tinubu-Ojo, succeeded her grandmother, Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji, who held the title until she passed away a few months ago.

Late Abibatu Mogaji
Late Abibatu Mogaji

Shops were shut down in major markets in the state.

Expressing his anger at the development, a tomato seller at the Mile 12 market, where foodstuffs are sold in bulk, said he was unaware of the closure and so had brought in fresh tomatoes to sell.

“At the section where I sell, our market leaders did not inform us that there would be a closure on Tuesday in order for us to attend the coronation.

“We got here only to be told not to open our shops because of the installation. So, many of our customers were not aware, they came to transact business but we told them they should come back tomorrow (Wednesday).”

Although traders in some markets defied the lock-down order, it was a total shutdown for major markets in Oke Arin, Balogun, Isale Eko, Ogba, Mushin, Oshodi, Agege, Yaba, Idumota and others, as traders were mandated to head to the coronation centre.

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