Community Leaders Caution Oyo Govt against Relocation of Shasha Market
As victims and traders at Shasha market continue to count their losses from the unfortunate incident, the Baale of Shasha, Alhaji Amusa Akinade and Seriki Fulani, Haruna Meyasin has urged the Government not to move the market to another location.
Recall that virtually all the shops in the market were razed during the clash between Yoruba and Hausa traders in the market.
Correspondent Kunle Ojo reports that the two community leaders in their separate remarks during the visit by the Senator representing Oyo Central at the National Assembly, Teslim Folarin and other leaders of APC in Oyo state agreed the moving the market to another location will be counterproductive.
The Baale of Shasha, Chief Amusa Akande said, “I have never witnessed the kind of situation in my life, in fact, it was terrible. I shouted and made several pleas during the crisis till I lost my voice. I thank you for coming today, my plea is that the Government should not move this market to another location. We don't want the Shasha market to collapse.”
The Seriki Hausa, Haruna Meyasin on his part expressed regret over the unfortunate incident, he said “the incident is regrettable, we have been living together in peace for years, one thing I want to say is that both the government and the security agencies know those behind the crisis. They have failed to do the needful. They are about eight in number, I and the Baale are on the same page on the leadership of this market”.
Speaking with Journalists after the visit to the two traditional rulers and the inspection of the affected areas in the Market, Senator Folarin decried the level of damage done at the market while he sued for peace between the two groups.
Also, the Ajia Balogun of Ibadan land, Chief Adegboyega Adegoke urged the two traditional rulers to prevail on their subjects to embrace peace.
Folarin equally appealed to the state government to investigate some leaders in the community identified as the arrowhead of the mayhem that led to the loss of lives and destruction of property in the area.