Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has ordered the immediate closure of the Shasha market in the Akinyele Local Government Area of Ibadan, following the ethnic clash between Yoruba and Hausa people which started in the market on Friday.
It was learnt that one person was killed on Friday during a fight between a cobbler and a cart pusher in the market located at Ibadan.
A witness said a cart pusher stabbed the cobbler with a knife following a misunderstanding between the two on Thursday and the victim was confirmed dead in hospital on Friday morning.
This led to a fight between cart pushers and cobblers, who tried to avenge the death of their colleague. Some shops and houses were burnt while the Shasha market was deserted in the process.
Governor Makinde in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, on Saturday imposed an indefinite curfew in the market from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.
He also warned that anyone caught perpetrating violence will face the wrath of the law.
“His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde has directed the immediate closure of Shasha market indefinitely following reports of a breach of peace in the area.
“The governor has also approved the imposition of (a) curfew on Shasha. It will run from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Residents of the affected area are enjoined to go about their legitimate businesses within the hours stipulated by the law.
“Anyone caught disrupting the peace of the community will be made to face the wrath of the law,” the statement read.
See videos from the scene below:
Hoodlums have taken over some areas in Akinyele Local Government, in Ibadan as the ethnic conflict between Yorubas and Hausas heightens. pic.twitter.com/XNbZ77X7mH
— Oyo Affairs (@Oyoaffairs) February 13, 2021
This happened yesterday at Sasa Market Ibadan Oyo state.
The market now closed!
— Oluwakemi (@thisisOluwakemi) February 13, 2021
Ibadan, Oyo state has turned to something else, hoodlums have taken over the streets, please stay safe if you’re there.
— Omo Kogi (Yagba) #EndSARS (@Oladapomikky) February 13, 2021
This is coming just two days after a violent clash between two rival NURTW groups sent residents into panic at Obalende area of Lagos State.