3 Die as Yorubas, Hausas Clash in Ibadan
Three persons have reportedly died in a clash between Yorubas and Hausas at the popular Shasa Market in Akinyele Local Government Area, Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
It was learnt that there was a misunderstanding between a Yoruba pregnant woman and an Hausa man on Thursday.
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It was further gathered that a Yoruba man intervened which resulted in a fight between the Yoruba and the Hausa man.
Eyewitness account alleged that the Hausa man hit the Yoruba man with a charm, who later died in the early hours of Friday.
The death of the Yoruba man made his colleagues to seek for revenge at the market known for selling and buying tomatoes, pepper and other products from the Northern Nigeria.
The brewing tension has made the majority of the traders at the Shasa market desert their shops for fear of being attack in the clash
Some of the residents of the area and other communities have also deserted their houses due to fear of being attacked as no fewer than 12 houses have been razed down.
According to an eyewitness, “Yes. It was true. They are fighting. I learnt that they hit someone with Onde (Charm) yesterday, so the person died today.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Olugbenga Fadeyi said It was a clash between two social miscreants in which one of the miscreants, Adeola Sakirundeen ‘m’ was hit by the other and died later while receiving treatment in the hospital.
He disclosed that the Commissioner of Police and Special Adviser on Security to Governor Seyi Makinde and other Police Tactical teams have visited the scene for on the spot assessment.
“Massive Police deployment and that of other sister security agencies were made to dowse tension. Critical stakeholders have also been consulted to appeal to the people. Normalcy is gradually returning to the area,” Fadeyi noted.