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Shasha Crisis: Tension In Ibadan Over Arrest Of 7 Yoruba Men, Stakeholders Kick

There is palpable tension in Shasha and other communities around it over the arrest of seven suspects in connection with the recent mayhem in the popular Shasha market.

It was gathered that about seven people were arrested in connection with the crisis which erupted in the market last month.

The crisis had engulfed the community following the death of a cobbler, Mr. Shakirideen Adeola, a Yoruba man.

Sources said that Adeola was allegedly killed with a charm by a yet to be identified man who is of the Hausa tribe.

The crisis which lasted for three days saw several houses and shops destroyed while scores of residents were killed, though the police only confirmed Mr. Adeola’s death.

DAILY POST, however, learned over the weekend that about seven persons were arrested in connection with the crisis.

The seven suspects include Tajudeen Oladunni 50, Saburi Lawal 37, Ojo Joshua 25, Adekunle Olanrewaju 38, Olagunju James 24, Razak Yahya 32 and Olaide Olawuyi 20.

They were arrested by the Oyo State Police Command on a six-count charge bothering on conspiracy, arson and murder.

However, DAILY POST gathered that the arrest of only suspects of the Yoruba tribe has begun to generate anger and bad blood among community members.

Though normal activities had resumed at the market at the time our correspondent visited the area, residents were still in fear of being arrested by the police.

Some queried the rationale behind the arrest of only Yoruba’s while virtually all tribes resident in the community were part of the crisis.

Stakeholders kick against Police action

Meanwhile, some stakeholders and social commentators have begun to condemn the alleged arrest of only Yoruba people.

The National Publicity Secretary of Odua Peoples Congress, New Era, Comrade Adesina Akinpelu said the arrests have shown the federal government’s bias against the Yoruba ethnic group.

Akinpelu in a telephone conversation with DAILY POST on Monday said, “What happened is that it shows that the federal government is biased because when there is an attack in our own fatherland, an Hausa man killed a Yoruba man and they still arrest the Yoruba people.

“And since Fulani herdsmen have been killing Yoruba, we have not seen anyone of them apprehended. It shows that Yoruba people should take a step for self-determination.”

The Acting National Chairperson of Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) Comrade Abiodun Bamigboye who also condemned the arrest of only the Yoruba ethnic group, urged both the federal and Oyo State government to set up a panel of enquiry to know both the remote and immediate causes of the mayhem.

Bamigboye in a telephone conversation with DAILY POST said, “It is the responsibility of the police to know when, how and who to arrest.

“I am in support of the arrest of the Hausa man who allegedly placed a charm on the Yoruba man.

“If the police have not arrested the guy, the police need to arrest him. We need to ask the police to tell us why he has not been arrested.

“The first step to take is to set up a panel of enquiry to know the remote and immediate causes of the problem.

About Editor

Otunba Sayo Akintola is a 1992 graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management and MBA from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He started his 12-year sojourn in journalism at the Nigerian Tribune in 1993 as Business and Economy reporter. He rose through the ranks to become the Group Business Editor of the nation’s oldest surviving private national newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune. He set up World Street Journal magazine in 2018.

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