The Oasis Reporters
February 13, 2021
In the aftermath of skirmishes reported in Shasha market, a market mostly patronised by Nigerians of northern origin in Akinyele Local Government Area of Ibadan, the Oyo State government has ordered the immediate closure of the market indefinitely.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor gave the order to forestall breakdown of law and order in the area and equally imposed a curfew on Shasha and the market area.
The curfew is to run from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.
The statement warned residents of the affected area to go about their legitimate businesses peacefully, stating that anyone caught perpetrating violence will face the wrath of the law.
The statement read: “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 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.”
Worried by the development, Iya Bisi a cooked food vendor predicted that northern condiments like tomatoes, pepper, garlic and onions would soon experience a sharp rise in prices.
“The problem is with Fulani herdsmen militia, but innocent Hausa pepper and tomato sellers are unfortunately being grouped together with them. And this is unfortunate”, she told our Ibadan correspondent.
Fulani herdsmen militia have been largely fingered in the business of kidnapping for cash, rape and killings, hence the agitation to evict them from from forests they illegally occupy in Western Nigerian bushes is gaining popularity.