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The Mile 12 market along Ikorodu road experienced a high turn out of consumers on Sunday as a result of the Sallah celebration.

The market which was largely dominated by northerners is a depot of pepper, tomatoes, onions and other food items.

These ingredients are twice cheaper at this market than others.

Alhaji Zambe Tombe, a pepper seller at the market, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he made high sales during the Sallah festivity.

``We are selling as twice as any other day, at least today I have sold like N200,000 instead of N50,000 or less,'' Tombe said.

Titilayo Oni,a yam seller said she also recorded huge sales while Afeez Tidia, a pepper grinder, expressed happiness with the high sales.

``I am happy, because, I'm billing them more than the normal price,'' Tidia said.

A customer at the market said the commodities were far cheaper at the market than where he came from.

``I came from Ajah, and you know everything is expensive over there, so I had to come down here and buy them," he said.

NAN reports that in spite of the bad condition of the road in the market, the trucks and lorry which were fully loaded with tomatoes and pepper, were emptied by the buyers within a short time.

Meanwhile, Eid-El-Kabir passengers at the Costain area of Lagos lamented the high cost of transportation.

As Muslim faithful celebrate, passengers have been lamenting over the cost of transportation, and the unavailability of public transport, in some parts of Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that passengers were stranded at the Costain bus-stop, because of the unavailability of public transport while the Okada-riders were making brisk business and smiling to the banks.

Mr Taofik Komolafe who spoke to NAN, said the transport fare was alarming, and that it was unfair to commuters in view of the fact that most civil servants had yet to be paid their salaries before the festival.

``I am going to Mushin from Oyingbo and I was asked to pay N150 instead of N70, this is totally outrageous,'' he said.

At the ram market at Breweries bus stop on Sunday, Mr Adeniyi Ariyo, a taxi driver, said rams were usually cheap today as most sellers were forced to sell at giveaway prices.

`` For instance, ram that sold for N40,000 on Saturday can be bought for N30,000 today,'' Ariyo said.